Nuwaubian Nation leader trial may be
closed to public
Associated Press/December 19, 2003
Macon, Ga. -- A federal judge may close the child molestation
trial of Nuwaubian Nation leader Malachi York to the public
because members of his religious sect handed out information about
the case while marching in the Brunswick Christmas parade.
The trial is set to begin Jan. 5 in Brunswick. It was moved
from Macon because of pretrial publicity.
Judge C. Ashley Royal told lawyers at a Macon hearing this week
that he had someone monitoring what people in the Brunswick area
were reading about York.
I was extraordinarily unhappy that members of the Nuwaubians
went down to (Brunswick) ... and tampered with the jury pool.
Whether Mr. York directed this or not makes no difference to me.
Its going to make it difficult to pick a jury, he said.
Royal said he has also considered sequestering the jury.
The judge said if the trial is closed to the public, the media
will be allowed to attend.
Lawyers said they expect the trial to last three weeks.