Superior Court Judge Netti C. Vogel (screenshot from Providence Journal video 2012)

After Jorge DePina was found guilty of murdering his 10 year old daughter, Rhode Island Superior Court Judge Netti Vogel stated, according to the court transcript, “No one, no spectator, no one in the spectator section of the courtroom, is permitted to contact my jurors.” She issued two orders, one barring all contact with jurors who convicted the man and another blocking release of the list containing their names. The Providence Journal is suing, stating that the orders “impair the communication of news and commentary on current events.” The ACLU of Rhode Island expressed concern over the judge’s orders and is expected to file a ‘friend of the court brief’.

On May 16th, Judge Vogel issued a statement that she did not seek to “hinder freedom of speech” but that “solely out of concern for the safety and protection of those jurors, immediately following the verdict I told the spectators that they must refrain from initiating contact with jurors.”

Judge Vogel statement> Providence Journal> WPRI>