Joker case gagged: Media fight Colorado court banSubmitted by emalvini on Thu, 08/09/2012 - 12:16
Joker case gagged: Media fight Colorado court ban
Published: 09 August, 2012, 15:13
Attorneys representing media outlets are in court to push for the publication of files concerning the Colorado cinema murders. The judge put a gag on the files at the behest of prosecutors, but the press argues the public has a right to see them.
The decision to seal the documents off from public access "undermines our nation's firm commitment to the transparency and public accountability of the criminal justice system," said media lawyer Steven Zansberg in a written statement.
The Associated Press along with 20 other news agencies is appealing for the dissemination of the documents in court this Thursday.
Judge William Sylvester closed the case on July 20 at the request of the prosecutors, who claim that releasing the files could potentially jeopardize the case investigation. The move sparked a wave of protest from the media, saying the public had a right to see the documents.