Crime & Justice

Judge bars LA Times from publishing photos

The Los Angeles Times says the judge in a murder trial has taken the unusual - and possibly unconstitutional - step of ordering the paper not to publish photos she allowed its photographer to snap in the courtroom.

Superior Court Judge Hilleri Merritt approved a written request for a Times photographer to snap Alberd Tersargyan, who's accused of killing a Hollywood couple, their 8-year-old daughter and a prostitute.

But the judge stopped the photographer during Wednesday's scheduled arraignment and ordered him not to publish photos he'd taken after lawyers noted that another judge had banned photography and video.

Lucy Dalglish of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press says the judge's action amounts to prior restraint.

The newspaper's lawyers plan to ask the judge to reconsider.

Information from: Los Angeles Times

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