Person on bridge conspiracy list wants it kept from public

A person identified by federal prosecutors as an accomplice in the George Washington Bridge scandal filed an anonymous request to block disclosure of the identities of conspirators in the case. Instead, a hearing has been scheduled for June 6.

The judge granted a delay until noon Tuesday after asking for written arguments on the Doe request filed hours before the names were slated for release.

The motion said the man will be "publicly branded a felon without due process of law, causing him immediate and irreparable reputational harm".

The punitive "traffic study" began after the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., refused to endorse Gov. Chris Christie's re-election bid.

"That sacred right - the right not to be branded a criminal without due process of law_will never be diminished, no matter how much media attention the Bridgegate fiasco attracts", wrote attorney Jenny Kramer, of the high-profile NY firm Chadbourne and Parke. He said the motion lays out the same privacy issues that a judge already ruled against.

New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman had opposed the release, saying in court filings that the Justice Department doesn't normally publicize the names of uncharged co-conspirators.

Wildstein's lawyer, Alan Zegas, has averred "evidence exists" that Christie knew of the lane closures while they were occurring.

The Thursday motion came on the same day the media organizations asked federal prosecutors to release a separate list that reportedly shows the names of people who may have known about the conspiracy but weren't criminally charged.

Wigenton set a deadline for the list to be made public Friday at noon.

The list identifies Doe as an unindicted co-conspirator in the plot to close access lanes to the George Washington Bridge as an act of political retaliation against the Fort Lee mayor. The legal tussle over the list has been going on since January, when a group of media organizations, including WNYC, learned of the list and went to court to make it public.

As the scandal swirled around these individuals, investigators found a number of co-conspirators who were not charged, said Paul Fishman, the US attorney for New Jersey.

They are Bill Baroni, the former deputy executive director of the Port Authority, and Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie's former deputy chief of staff.

David Wildstein, the Christie-appointed Port Authority official behind the Fort Lee Bridgegate traffic jam, pleaded guilty previous year to two counts of conspiracy.

Two of Christie's associates have already been charged by the feds in connection with the scheme to punish Mayor Mark Sokolich in September 2013 by deliberately turning the bridge that connects the mayor's town to New York City into a parking lot.

Kelly's attorney, Michael Critchley, initially requested the names in a filing in early March, a few weeks after a footnote in a government filing referred to individuals "who may have had knowledge of the conspiracy or took actions that happened to further its goals" but did not join the conspiracy. He says the organizations will seek a court order to release the document if prosecutors don't provide it.

The U.S. attorney's office in New Jersey said that it would comply with the Tuesday deadline?.

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