Court Opens Hearing Whether to Release Conspirator List

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that a June hearing to consider releasing a list of unindicted co-conspirators in the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal will be public along with legal briefs previously sealed.

The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that June 6 oral arguments between an unidentified person, known as John Doe, and media organizations will now be open to the public. Legal briefs between attorneys on the issue will be unsealed on Monday.

Bridget Kelly, Gov. Chris Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Baroni, a top Christie appointee to the agency that operates the bridge, face wire fraud and civil rights charges. A second former Port Authority official, David Wildstein, has pleaded guilty.

The indictment alleges Kelly and Baroni conspired “with each other and others, including Wildstein.” Defense attorneys have the names of the other co-conspirators as part of routine pretrial discovery. The media organizations filed a request for the list several months ago.