Documents to remain sealed in Boston bombing case

Even after 15 days of testimony by 96 witnesses and thousands of news reports, there’s still plenty the public doesn’t know about the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

And that’s how the judge in the case wants it.

Acting on lawyers’ motions in the case, U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole has sealed filing after filing.

As of today, the Tsarnaev docket includes the words “seal” or “sealed” a total of 878 times. Compare that to the federal docket in U.S. v. James “Whitey” Bulger, in which the same words show up only 24 times.

“It’s an epidemic of secrecy when transparency should be the presumption,” said Jay Carney, who represented Bulger.

Katie Townsend, litigation director for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, said the volume of sealed documents in the Tsarnaev case is “especially unusual because of how much information is in the public sphere.”

“It’s very puzzling to see how much information is being sealed and kept from the public here,” Townsend said.

What’s being kept secret?

We don’t even know what we don’t know….

Maybe details like this:


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