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What are the dangers of the right to public information as it applies to jurors? Do you think that jurors should be exposed to public information?


Great question and one that has dogged the ACLU, ABA, prosecutors and law enforcement personnel for years.

Currently, depending on the seriousness and/or reputation of the defendant(s), jurors identities are being withheld and they are simply being given juror numbers. I (and many like me) think this anonymity is a good thing that allows juries to function without outside influences or verdict altering intimidations. However, with the media's relentless push to discover their identities, it's not too tough to do with a minimal amount of surveillance around the court house, getting some vehicle tag numbers and using readily available data bases to get names and home addresses.

That said, it is not a common practice (in federal or state trials) to withhold jurors names. Our legal system does not provide for that type of blanket anonymity.

Maybe it should.

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Kevin M. Tamez serves as one of the most senior and experienced consultants at The MPM Group, Inc. During more than 27 years of both state and federal law enforcement experience, Mr. Tamez held supervisory roles with state law enforcement as well as senior management positions with the U.S. Department of Justice - serving in both domestic as well as foreign posts. In addition to his extensive foreign operational experience, Mr. Tamez is a court adjudicated expert in most Title 18 and Title 21 complex criminal, undercover, and electronic (Title III) intercept investigations. As a senior manager, he is also an authority in most government administrative matters to include Human Resource and Workers’ Compensation issues. Mr. Tamez has broadened his already considerable expertise by authoring various legal reference and inmate advocacy manuals. Mr. Tamez is frequently sought after for his expertise in counseling and preparing convicted law enforcement personnel, politicians, and other “celebrities” for reporting to a federal penal facility.


More than 27-years of both state and federal law enforcement. Uniform patrol, Tactical Operations, SWAT, Detective Bureau (Narcotics), and Uniform Supervision. U.S. Federal Agent (Series-1811), all facets of complex domestic investigations, Special Operations, Paramilitary operations overseas, senior management, strategic planning, etc.

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Mr. Tamez holds a Bachelor's of Arts Degree and has done graduate work at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Mr. Tamez is a graduate of the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy and both the Basic & Advanced Special Agent courses in Quantico Virginia.

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