New York Times Quotes Cassell about Case that Pits Victims’ Rights Against Secrecy

On February 5, The New York Times quoted University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Paul Cassell in the story “By Revealing Man’s Past, Lawyer Tests Court Secrecy.”

The story noted that Cassell submitted a brief on behalf of  the lawyer who filed a lawsuit alleging that a group of people attached to a New York investment group of stealing millions of dollars from investors.  According to the complaint, one of the businessmen being sued had pleaded guilty to an organized crime case in Brooklyn and had become a cooperating witness for the prosecution.

According to the story, critics of the attorney’s actions charged that he was being “reckless and unethical.”  Cassell, who disagreed,  told The Times: “He’s challenging the power and ability of the courts to run a secret criminal docket. I think he’s stumbled onto something here that raises profound issues about how crime victims and cooperators are going to be treated in our federal criminal justice system.”

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