Spector TV coverage challenged

first_imgShe added, “There simply is no ground for restricting coverage of this trial based on such speculative concerns.” The sheriff’s motion suggested that during the criminalists’ testimony, the cameras focus on some other area of the courtroom, allowing witnesses’ voices to be recorded and broadcast later. It also asked that the names of crime lab personnel who sit at the counsel table be kept secret and that they not be photographed outside the courtroom. Sager, representing a coalition of news media including The Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, CNN and Court TV, opposed the restrictions as “flatly unconstitutional.” Meanwhile, the Spector case prosecutors filed more motions Thursday, among them requests to know how much money is being paid to an array of forensic experts hired by the defense.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Crime lab employees have serious concerns that media broadcast of their images along with their names will put their safety at risk,” said a motion filed by the Los Angeles county counsel on March 22 on behalf of the county Sheriff’s Department. The motion said the employees were not worried about any danger from Spector. Rather they cited the fact that they “often are assigned to work on extremely sensitive cases regarding violent individuals and violent criminal street gangs.” It argued that their safety could be compromised if they are recognized in public. Media attorney Kelli Sager said in her response that such an argument could be extended to all law enforcement personnel and those who work on sensitive cases. “Such a generalized fear is so speculative and broad that it could be used to shield the identity of every law enforcement witness in every case,” she said. Unlike the stars of “CSI,” sheriff’s crime lab specialists will try to avoid TV exposure in the murder trial of music producer Phil Spector, saying they fear for their safety if their faces are broadcast during court proceedings. A media lawyer challenged that in a motion filed Thursday, saying “speculative risks” do not justify restricting public access to the trial. Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler has ruled that he will allow gavel-to-gavel TV coverage once testimony begins. But he said he would consider individual requests from those who don’t want to be seen on TV. Spector is accused of murdering sometime actress Lana Clarkson in 2003 after taking her to his suburban Alhambra home from a Sunset Strip club where she was working as a hostess. Selection of a jury from a pool of about 200 prospects resumes on April 16. last_img read more

OH DEER! PEOPLE WARNED ABOUT KILLER STAGS IN HILLS OF DONEGAL

first_imgPeople have been warned about killer deer stalking the hills of Donegal.Huge male stags will come down from their normal mountain habitats in the coming weeks looking for female partners to mate with.And an expert has warned that vicious stags can kill if walkers and ramblers and other members of the public are not careful. Liam Nolan of the Irish Deer Alliance pleaded with people to be careful coming up to September when stags are most active.“Normally these stags and other deer stay up in the hills away from the flies and from the females in winter and spring.“But they come down around this time coming up to September looking to mate with females.“These are very large animals and people should treat them with caution if they come across them in public. “I want to warn people that one brush with a sharp antler could mean death,” he said.He added that drivers should also be careful about driving in rural areas where deer inhabit including Donegal and Kerry where there are large herds of red deer.Mr Nolan warned motorists that if they are in an accident with a deer or stag they face paying their own repair bill.“Because nobody owns deer in Ireland as a matter of law people are not insured if they hit one.“Apart from the fact that it’s a very dangerous situation, people will have to pay for their own repairs,” he added. Mr Nolan also warned the incidents of poaching of deer also increase around this time.“Poaching deer is illegal and you will find a lot of this takes place at night time with lamps around this time when the deer come down from the hills.“This is of course illegal and we would ask people who know of poaching to contact the Gardai,” he said.Ends OH DEER! PEOPLE WARNED ABOUT KILLER STAGS IN HILLS OF DONEGAL was last modified: August 30th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalIrish Deer AllianceWarninglast_img read more