SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal appeals court says the names of prison guards and inmates seen on videos played in federal court should be made public.
U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Karlton of Sacramento had sought to keep the names secret as part of a legal dispute over the use of pepper spray against mentally ill California prison inmates.
He ordered earlier this month that their identities be stricken from the record and said the names were not public.
The Los Angeles Times challenged that order, arguing that the judge should not be able to stop the newspaper from publishing information presented in a public courtroom.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed in an order issued Wednesday. It vacated Karlton's restrictions without comment.
The underlying trial over treatment of inmates continues.