Questions surface over alleged pedophile Kevin Spacey’s ‘secret court’ hearing

Questions surface over alleged pedophile Kevin Spacey’s ‘secret court’ hearing

The Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey has tried to limit publicity about recent sexual-assault charges against him, and officials in the Massachusetts judiciary seem largely to have refused him preferential treatment.

But the Globe has found that in the months leading up to his arraignment — set for Monday — the actor’s lawyers were given a special opportunity to have his case reviewed in a mini-trial-type setting where potential charges can be dropped and records kept out of public view.

Such hearings — overseen by clerk magistrates and typically closed to the public — have been the focus of recent Globe Spotlight Team investigations into this often-hidden part of the state’s criminal justice system.

Even though Spacey’s lawyers failed at that Dec. 20 hearing to derail the criminal case before arraignment, questions remain about why his attorneys were given the opportunity in the first place — and who initiated the idea.

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