Jury selection held secretly in case of parents charged in adopted Russian son’s death

The judge in a high-profile York County case said he was concerned that if information that jury selection was taking place had been made public, there would have been a “big story” in the York Daily Record/Sunday News before selection that would have made it hard to seat a jury.

So he, the prosecution and defense agreed to withhold that information, and a jury was chosen this week in secret.

A legal expert said jury selection is open by law, and “must be conducted in open court unless there has been a showing of good cause made on the record for closure.”

The judge said the jury selection was technically open to the public, and said he determined that withholding notice of the selection was not illegal or improper.

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