State District Judge Jean Boyd has been in the news a lot lately. A month ago, she presided over the sentencing of Ethan Couch, 16, who was accused of killing four people last summer when he drunkingly drove a truck into them. You'll recall that was the case involving the so called "affluenza" defense.
This week, Boyd (shown here) cleared the courtroom of anyone not directly involved in a case invloving a juvenile who was accused of killing another teen with a claw hammer. She did not state a reason.
Of course this rankled reporters who were covering the case, but experts interviewed on Wednesday said the judge has “wide discretion” under state law to bar the public from a court proceeding.
That's not what reporters like to hear. But, Max Baker, one of our editors, breaks it down for you in this article.
-- Bill Miller