Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Judge Grants Press Access to Poutre Testimony

A judge in Springfield ruled this morning that the news media will be allowed to cover the testimony of 14-year-old Haleigh Poutre if she appears in court to testify in the child abuse case against her stepfather, Jason D. Strickland.

According to a report published today by The Republican, Hampden Superior Court Judge Judd J. Carhart denied the request of the state Department of Children and Families to exclude media coverage if Poutre testifies. He said he would make sure that the press makes accommodations that will be sensitive to the girl, who now lives in a Boston rehabilitation hospital because of brain injury.

Lawyers for both The Republican and The Boston Globe argued for access. On Sunday, The Republican's publisher, Larry McDermott, published a column about his newspaper's request for access, Case Is About Accountability, Not 'Glory'.

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