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North Jersey Media Group Inc v. US, 16-2431

In an action by 'John Doe' to avoid being publicly identified as an unindicted co-conspirator in the criminal case that federal prosecutors have brought against certain New Jersey government officials involved in 'Bridgegate,' an allegedly orchestrated revenge against the Mayor of Fort Lee for his refusal to endorse New Jersey Governor Christopher J. Christie in the Governor's bid for reelection, in which lane closures on the George Washington Bridge caused extraordinary traffic jams in Fort Lee, New Jersey, the District Court's denial of Doe's request to block public access to a letter sought by the media and authored by one of the prosecutors, that purportedly identifies unindicted co-conspirators, is vacated insofar as it requires the letter to be publicly disclosed, where the letter in question is a part of the general discovery process, and it is not subject to any First Amendment or common law right of public access.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2016/09/07




  • United States Third Circuit