‘Bridgegate’ co-conspirators can remain secret: US appeals court
A federal appeals court said prosecutors in the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal known as “Bridgegate,” involving allies of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, need not disclose the names of unindicted co-conspirators to news media.
By a 3-0 vote, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled on Wednesday that the names were “not subject to any First Amendment or common law right of public access.”
The decision overruled a lower court judge’s order in May requiring disclosure of the names.
(Reporting by Joseph Ax and Jonathan Stempel; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)