Judges' policy of locking doors during trial could be a violation of U.S. Constitution
Published: March 1, 2013
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ST. THOMAS - The V.I. Superior Court regularly locks the public out of portions of criminal trials in possible violation of the First and Sixth amendments of the United States Constitution.
Since at least July, some judges on St. Thomas, including Judge Michael Dunston, who is now the administrative judge, and Judge Brenda Hollar, now retired, have made a practice of locking the doors to the courtroom during opening and closing arguments and during jury instructions.