The case for anonymous juries

Steve Cohen writing in City Journal: “For judges hearing high-profile cases, this lack of juror anonymity can present serious problems. The most obvious is outright jury tampering. Though that isn’t common, more than a few instances have been uncovered . . . And then there’s the media. Most newspapers and television networks won’t attempt to contact a juror during a trial. But after a verdict comes down, juror privacy is irrelevant for a determined reporter . . . No right in the U.S. Constitution guarantees defendants access to juror information. Federal case law and judicial practice make that clear.”