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What happened to the public trial and public access to courts? (access required)

The Sixth Amendment guarantees that criminal defendants have the right to a public trial, but pre-COVID 19 many criminal and non-criminal proceedings were open and accessible to the public.[1]  Today, many courthouses do not let in members of the general public unless they can show courthouse security that they are either a party or a ...