Daily Press v. Commonwealth

SUPREME COURT OF VIRGINIA FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE CITY OF NEWPORT NEWS H. Vincent Conway, Jr., Judge OPINION BY JUSTICE WILLIAM C. MIMS This appeal involves a circuit court order sealing certain exhibits introduced during a criminal trial. First, we consider whether this appeal is moot because the sealing order no longer is in effect and the exhibits now are available for public inspection. Having concluded that it is not moot, we consider whether the sealing order violates constitutional and statutory guarantees of public access to criminal proceedings. Continue reading....