A Boston radio station is continuing to push for a federal judge to release the names and addresses of jurors in the local terrorism trial of 28-year-old David Daoud Wright of Everett.
In October, Judge William G. Young said he did not want such information “plastered permanently” on the Internet, and added that he would ask news organizations to propose “a protective order that will secure the jurors’ personal identifiers from unnecessary dissemination.”
But in court documents filed Wednesday, WBUR-FM, through an attorney representing Boston University trustees, Jeffrey J. Pyle, said no media entity “may be required to agree to a prior restraint on their speech as a condition of receiving court records to which they have a First Amendment right of access.”
Last month, Wright was convicted on five counts, including conspiring to support a terrorist organization and conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism beyond national boundaries. He now faces a possible life sentence, and is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 19.
Young, in court documents, said last month that the way to reconcile national security concerns with the First Amendment is “through a carefully crafted protective order.”
WBUR, which is a nonprofit affiliate of NPR and reaches about 500,000 listeners each week, disagrees. The names and addresses of the jurors, the station argues, should be provided without the imposition of any protective order.
“In light of the absence of any specific ‘risk of personal harm to individual jurors’ in this case, the Court should . . . release the names and addresses of the jurors to WBUR,” Pyle wrote in the court documents filed Wednesday.
The station said it wants the names and addresses of the jurors to interview them about their experience in the trial. If a juror declined to talk to WBUR, the station’s journalists would not harass or harangue them, according to the court filing. If a juror consented to an interview but wanted to remain anonymous, the station would “carefully consider such a request, as it would with any subject of an interview.”
“WBUR respectfully suggests that on these issues, its reputation as a news organization speaks for itself,” said Pyle in Wednesday’s court filing.