United States District Court, E.D. New York
May 20, 2004.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, -against- PETER GOTTI, ANTHONY CICCONE, also known as "Sonny," RICHARD V. GOTTI, PRIMO CASSARINO, JEROME BRANCATO, also known as "Jerry," RICHARD G. GOTTI, PETER PIACENTI, also known as "Pete 17," RICHARD BONDI, FRANK SCOLLO, also known as "Red" and "the little guy," VINCENT NASSO, also known as "Dr. Nasso," JULIUS NASSO, also known as "Jules," ANTHONY PANSINI, SALVATORE CANNATA, ANNA EYLENKRIG, THOMAS LISI, CARMINE MALARA and JEROME ORSINO, JR., Defendants
The opinion of the court was delivered by: FREDERIC BLOCK, District Judge
Subsequent to the commencement of the sentencing proceeding of Peter
Gotti on March 26, 2004, the Court was inundated with requests from the
press to make publicly available the letters the Court had received
regarding that sentencing. Because of the importance of the First
Amendment and common law rights of access to judicial documents and the
scarcity of judicial opinions applying these rights to sentencing
letters, the Court will hold a hearing on Thursday, May 27th, at 3 p.m.
to address whether it should docket the letters and authorize their
public disclosure. In addition to the parties, the Court will permit an
attorney representing the interests of the press to be heard in respect to this matter and to address the overarching issue as to
when, if at all, sentencing letters sent to the Court should be made
public. If the press wishes to be heard through counsel, its designated
attorney should contact the Court at the earliest opportunity.
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