Sayreville HS hazing case will be closed to the public
Despite the media's efforts, the proceedings in the Sayreville high school hazing scandal will be closed to the public, NJ.com has reported.
In a 10-page decision released by a New Jersey appeals court today, the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey rejected the efforts of media organizations to allow the press and members of the public into the juvenile court hearings involving the alleged hazing and sexual assaults. The incidents led to the cancellation of Sayreville War Memorial High School's 2014 football season.
The appellate court's decision upheld a Family Court judge's November ruling to bar reporters from covering the trial citing the ages of the players and potential "community backlash" against them, according to MyCentralJersey.com. The judge's order was appealed by several news outlets including NJ Advance Media, publisher of the Star-Ledger as well as Gannett New Jersey, Home News Tribune, ABC and the Associated Press.
Although the press will not be permitted into the courtroom, NJ.com reports that the Appellate court "did uphold the media's right to use information, including the juvenile's names, if it's obtained outside of court records and proceedings."