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Maine judge tells media what they can report in assault case

January 6, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine judge attempted to restrict reporting on what witnesses said during an attorney’s criminal court appearance.

The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1DebSU4) reports Anthony Sineni III, of Standish, was convicted of misdemeanor charges of assault and disorderly conduct Monday as part of a plea agreement.

Judge Jeffrey Moskowitz, at the defendant’s request, told reporters at the hearing what they could and couldn’t report. A Press Herald reporter protested, but the judge declined to stop the proceeding.

A newspaper attorney said the judge’s media order was unconstitutional. The newspaper defied it, reporting that Sineni’s 34-year-old ex-girlfriend described their relationship and her claims of domestic abuse.

On Tuesday, the judge reopened the case and asked the media to attend another hearing on Wednesday. A court spokeswoman says neither she nor the judge could comment.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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