Prosecution seeks to close cigarette trafficking hearing


By Joe Beck

The prosecution in a cigarette trafficking case is planning to propose an order that the next courtroom hearing scheduled for Aug. 6 in Shenandoah County Circuit Court be closed to the press and the rest of the public.

Attempts to conduct courtroom hearings behind closed doors are a rarity in adult criminal cases, but Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Louis Campola said he intended to write up such an order subject to approval by Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp.

“We’re closing the hearing,” Campola said in a brief interview Tuesday.

Asked what he planned to cite as his reason for closing the hearing, Campola replied, “We’re just closing the hearing.”


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