St. Louis, MO – The court decided names may be hidden from the public only in cases where a judge finds a compelling reason.
The new decision is binding in local courts. MMissouri Supreme Court spokeswoman Beth Riggert previously said
the idea to shield jurors' names came after some national TV shows wanted to know some jurors' identities. The shows wanted to
interview jurors after their murder conviction was overturned by an appeals court.
However, opponents said making jurors' names secret was a bad idea because it could keep the courts from scrutiny.