CASE LAW UPDATE: Whether the grand jury secrecy law did not violate grand juror’s 1st Amendment right to freedom of speech?
A grand juror challenged the dismissal of her action seeking a declaration and injunction on the basis that the State’s secrecy laws for grand juries were na unconstitutional abridgment of free speech as applied to her. The grand juror failed to state a claim for which relief could be granted since the law survived strict scrutiny, and, the release of evidence and information related to the proceedings in the specific case did not change the analysis. Judgment affirmed.
Doe v. Bell, 19-1436, Gruender, J. Appealed from the United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri.
Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.