A wealthy Connecticut woman whose criminal case file was sealed from public view was sentenced Tuesday to one year in jail for secretly recording three people, including a minor, in a manner involving sexual desire, AP reports.
Hadley Palmer, 54, of Greenwich, appeared in Stamford Superior Court, where her lawyer had requested another sealing order — to close the courtroom to the public for portions of the sentencing including her own testimony.
Judge John Blawie rejected the request.
Blawie earlier this year sealed Palmer’s case file over objections by The Associated Press, ruling the privacy interests of the victims outweighed the public’s interest in open courts. The judge also ruled that documents in the case file could not be redacted in a way that protected the victims’ identities, which the AP disagreed with.
In addition to a year behind bars, Palmer’s sentence includes 20 years of probation and 10 years as a registered sex offender.Palmer, who already served 90 days in jail earlier this year, did not speak in court other than to answer yes or no to questions from the judge
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