by Mike Masnick
Thu, Aug 12th 2010 6:06am
It seems that judges are becoming less and less concerned with the First Amendment lately. Apparently, a California judge barred the LA Times from publishing a photo it took of murder suspect Alberd Tersargyan. The judge had initially allowed a photographer from the LA Times to snap some photos of Tersargyan during a pretrial proceeding. However, his lawyers protested that these photos could take away his right to a fair trial... and the judge agreed. The newspaper appealed, and now a California appeals court has held off ruling on the issue for at least a week. The LA Times, for obvious reasons, finds this troubling. This isn't the first time we've seen similar things either. Last year, in New York, a judge considered barring a newspaper from showing photos of a local politician in handcuffs, saying it might bias the jury. However, previous First Amendment rulings seem to make it pretty clear that publishing such photos is perfectly legal.
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