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Judge reverses order barring court photos of murder suspect

September 28, 2018

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge reversed an order barring journalists from publishing courtroom photographs of a Texas man charged with beating to death three men in Southern California.

The Associated Press and Los Angeles Times on Thursday successfully challenged Superior Court Judge Gustavo Sztraicher’s order as an unconstitutional intrusion on free speech.

Sztraicher on Wednesday ordered reporters to stop filming and photographing when an attorney for Ramon Escobar objected.

Deputy Public Defender Jennifer Friedman said Thursday she worried that the photos could taint testimony of potential witnesses.

Dan Laidman, who represented the Times and AP, argued that higher courts have struck down prior restraint orders limiting coverage of criminal proceedings..

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