Judge: Paper ‘shameful’ for printing shooting suspect’s info

August 15, 2018
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School shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz arrives at a Broward County courtroom for a hearing in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Friday, Aug. 3, 2018. Attorneys for Cruz want a judge to prevent release of details of his education records to guarantee a fair trial. Cruz faces the death penalty if convicted of killing 17 people in the Valentine's Day attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, Pool)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A judge has branded a newspaper “shameful” for publishing educational material about Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz that was supposed to be kept private.

But Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer stopped short Wednesday of finding the South Florida Sun Sentinel in contempt of court. The county school board claims the newspaper violated court orders by publishing details about Cruz’s educational background that were supposed to be redacted.

The Sun Sentinel contends the school board had already exposed those details by mistakenly releasing them in a way anyone could see.

The judge said she would issue a ruling on the contempt issue later.

Nineteen-year-old Cruz faces the death penalty if convicted in the shooting that killed 17 people in Parkland, Florida, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where classes resumed Wednesday.

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