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June 19, 2014

Prosecutors cited security concerns over Chism hospitalization


Chism’s attorney, Regan, argued that the public does not have a right to know the location of a defendant awaiting trial.

“He’s detained, he’s secure, at all of the institutions,” argued Regan. “The public doesn’t typically know where an inmate is.”

Whitehead disagreed, and went on to suggest that the public has a right to know what security measures are in place for Chism, given the similarity between the incidents at Danvers High School and at the DYS lockup.

Regan also raised concerns that the details contained in the documents violated Chism’s privacy and his right to a fair trial, because they could prejudice potential jurors.

She also argued that disclosure of the location where Chism is being held “could affect the evalutaion, with the media onslaught to the particular place.”

“That’s unlikely,” said Whitehead. “It’s not like the camera trucks are going to roll up to the facility and demand access.”

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.







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