NEW ORLEANS (Sept. 26)—Media organizations have no unalienable right to contact jurors after a trial, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. The Associated Press, the "Houston Chronicle" and the McAllen, Texas, "Monitor" filed a petition to overturn the ruling of McAllen federal judge Filemon Vega to seal the names of jurors in the case of the Joel Rodriguez family against Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. The appeals judges, however, said the order was "narrowly tailored" toward the wishes of the Rodriguez jurors, who explicitly did not want to be contacted by the media. An AP bureau chief was quoted by his own organization as being "disturbed" by the ruling, while Bridgestone/Firestone officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
Appellate court denies media petitions in Firestone case
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