Judge keeps court closed in Saints, Pelicans ownership row
NEW ORLEANS - A judge has denied a motion by media outlets who sought to open court for next week's trial involving New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson and his estranged heirs.
Judge Kern Reese, who ruled Friday in New Orleans civil court, says he carefully weighed the public's constitutional right to access court against the 87-year-old Benson's privacy rights regarding his medical history. In upholding his initial decision on the matter, Reese emphasized that Benson is a defendant who is having his mental health questioned.
Benson's daughter and her two children sued in January after being removed from ownership positions with the Saints and Pelicans, arguing that their patriarch was not of sound mind when he decided to hand over eventual control of the clubs to his third wife.