In a case closely watched by media organizations, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruled that the Constitution compels a judge to make the juror questionnaires in the Chandra Levy murder trial public, McClatchy Newspapers report. “The values underlying the First Amendment right of access — for example, the public trial as a check on the fair functioning of the criminal justice system — are served even after the verdict is in,” said Judge Kathryn Oberly.
The public will learn more about the 12 jurors and four alternates who sat through the 10-day trial of Ingmar Guandique in the fall of 2010. Levy, 24, was killed in 2001. She also had been involved in a sexual relationship with then-Congressman Gary Condit, which drew a spotlight to her disappearance as well as to the trial. The Washington Post challenged Judge Gerald Fisher’s decision not to release the questionnaires, which asked potential jurors 55 questions, including their attitudes toward illegal immigrants and gang tattoos.