Where the disciplinary hearing panel issued a protective order to close all proceedings in an attorney disciplinary case, the Missouri Supreme Court construes Rule 5.31 in a case of first impression to require the proceedings to be made public with the protective order narrowly crafted to prohibit the disclosure of confidential information and records.
Writ is permanent.
State ex rel. Missouri Lawyers Media, LLC v. Disciplinary Hearing Panel (MLW No. 64853/Case No. SC93279 – 5 pages) (Supreme Court of Missouri, per curiam) Original proceeding in mandamus or alternatively in prohibition (Benjamin J. Siders and Benjamin A. Lipman, St. Louis, for relator) (Alan D. Pratzel, Jefferson City, and Shevon L. Harris, St. Louis, represented the disciplinary hearing panel and hearing officers).