Media Blackout Facilitates Federal Court Setting Dangerous Authoritarian Precedent

A government proposal to withhold key evidence from the public in the Bunkerville standoff case is “overbroad and unsupported,” according to court papers filed by the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Friday. “The public’s First Amendment right to observe and understand the investigation in this case deserves greater respect than this proposed protective order provides,” Review-Journal lawyer Maggie McLetchie wrote. If approved by a federal judge, the government protective order would “impede the rights” of the Review-Journal and other news outlets to cover a case of “local and national importance,” McLetchie said. The order protects “virtually all documents produced by the government from disclosure” and fails to “articulate good cause for denying the public access to information about this prosecution,”.

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