LI judge: Prosecutors must give media recordings
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island judge says prosecutors must give the media all video and audio recordings, including 911 calls, used as evidence in the trial of a parolee charged with killing a police officer and another man.
Nassau County Judge Jerald Carter said Wednesday the ruling applies to all criminal cases in the county going forward.
He says prosecutors and defense lawyers can still argue to keep evidence private on a case-by-case basis.
Carter's ruling came after lawyers for The Associated Press, Newsday and News 12 Long Island argued evidence presented at Darrell Fuller's trial becomes public property once it's played in court.
Prosecutors and a county attorney had argued they were legally barred from disseminating the evidence. In court they said they'd leave that decision to the judge.