Washington Legal Roundup – Division I
Travis Coleman was charged with molesting his 9 year old nephew. During jury selection, the jurors were given questionnaires to fill out about sexual history. The court sealed these questionnaires to protect juror privacy.
Mr. Coleman argued on appeal that he was denied his constitutional right to a public trial because of the sealing of the juror questionnaires. The Court of Appeals agreed that the court did not properly conduct an analysis about the propriety of sealing the records under State v. Bone-Club, 128 Wn.2d 254, 906 P.2d 325 (1995).
The court determined, however, that the error was not structural and did not warrant a new trial, only a revisiting of the propriety of the order sealing the jury questionnaires.