The Latest: Court hears arguments about video of judge shot
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on a hearing to determine whether a video recording of an Ohio judge being shot and wounded is a public record (all times local):
A county prosecutor in Ohio has argued that security camera footage of a judge being shot and wounded would reveal critical information about the court’s security system and could endanger public officials going forward if it’s provided to The Associated Press.
Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin argued Thursday before Ohio’s Seventh District Court of Appeals in Youngstown. Hanlin appealed after Ohio’s Court of Claims ruled the video was a public record and should be released to the AP.
The AP’s attorney, Jack Greiner, countered the video shows a single incident, doesn’t reveal critical infrastructure information and that Ohio case law shows it’s a public record.
Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese (bruh-ZEEZ’) Jr. was shot outside a Steubenville courthouse in 2017 by a man who was then killed by a probation officer.
A decision isn’t expected for weeks.
An Ohio appeals court is set to hear arguments about whether a surveillance video showing a county judge being shot is a public record and should be released to The Associated Press.
A hearing is scheduled Thursday at the Seventh District Court of Appeals in Youngstown.
The dispute concerns an AP request to obtain surveillance camera footage from the nonfatal shooting of Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese (bruh-ZEEZ’) Jr. outside a Steubenville courthouse in 2017.
Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin denied the AP’s request, arguing among other things that the video was a security record exempt under Ohio public records law.
The Ohio Court of Claims disagreed, saying the video doesn’t contain information used to protect a public office from “attack, interference or sabotage.”
That decision prompted Hanlin’s appeal.