Behind armed guards and locked doors — in a secret hearing of judicial privacy not even given to some 9/11 terrorists or East Coast mafia dons — Osiel Cardenas Guillen, one of the most feared drug lords in history, was sentenced to 25 years in prison Wednesday.
Read it all here. What has happened to the concept of open trial in this country? Just because the principals want something kept secret, the public should be able to know what is happening in our courts. At least the paper put up a fuss about this. Osiel Cardenas's lawyer was Mike Ramsey, who defended Enron's Ken Lay and the nutso real estate heir Robert Durst, among other eminent accused.