Exclusive-Trump documents case judge made multiple errors in earlier unrelated trial

September 24, 2023

"She ignored the public trial right entirely. Scott Berry, Spearman's federal public defender, declined to comment, as did a Justice Department spokesperson. Five former federal judges -- four appointed by Democrats and one by a Republican -- said in interviews that Cannon’s errors likely reflect relative inexperience on the bench. A public trial also has been found to implicate First Amendment rights of freedom of assembly, speech and press. One of the pivotal Supreme Court cases on the right to a public trial is Waller v. Georgia.