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Published: Friday, June 27 2014 6:55 p.m. MDT

Updated: Friday, June 27 2014 6:55 p.m. MDT

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Darrel
Eagle Mountain, UT

Whether or not big picture he made the right decision is another discussion,

But this is the very definition of judicial activism

Austindoug
Austin, TX

In a case of sexual assault I don't think it's the public's business. Leave her alone. She's been through enough without being dragged through public opinion.

shamrock
Salt Lake City, UT

I hope the media appeal Judge Lubeck's decision; it's clearly contrary to Utah law. If the girl's identity had been made public, the judge might have some grounds for worrying about her privacy. But since we don't even know who the girl is, the public's constitutional right to know what happens in its courtrooms is more compelling.

The Utah Supreme Court has set up precise standards for those rare instances when closing a court proceeding is appropriate. Judge Lubeck admits he violated those standards. He's compounding his initial error by refusing to release the transcript of the wrongly closed hearing.

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