Government favors open hearing in bridge co-conspirator case

(Matt Rourke/AP Photo)

(Matt Rourke/AP Photo)

Unsealed filings in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case show prosecutors want a hearing involving a person on a list of unindicted co-conspirators open to the public.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday the June 6 hearing is to be open. A person identified as John Doe has challenged a judge’s order to release the list of co-conspirators and had sought to have the hearing closed.

The person says they’ll be branded a criminal if the list is released.

The U.S. attorney’s office sided with the media organizations including The Associated Press in requesting the hearing be public.

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Two former allies of Gov. Chris Christie face trial for allegedly closing access lanes to the bridge to punish a local mayor who didn’t endorse Christie. Christie has denied knowledge and hasn’t been charged.

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