CHICAGO (CBS) — A U.S. judge in the racketeering trial of six purported Hobos street-gang leaders has refused media access to photographs and other evidence even after it’s shown in open court to jurors.
Judge John Tharp Jr. ruling denies a Chicago Tribune request to release exhibits once they’re entered into evidence. Some evidence includes photos of victims allegedly killed by the gang.READ MORE: Illinois Attorney General Now Investigating Center For Covid Control Amid Accusations Of Deception, Fraud Against Insurance Companies
Tharp has ordered jurors not to follow any media coverage of the case. But he says in his ruling posted last week that he fears jurors wouldn’t be able to avert their eyes from sensational, front-page treatment of evidence and that that could undermine defendants’ fair-trial rights.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Dangerous Subzero Temps, Lake Effect Snow In Some Areas
The Tribune argued there’s a strong presumption in favor of granting access because reporters are “the eyes and the ears of the public.”MORE NEWS: Some Express Concern About Prospect Of 18-Year-Old Drivers Being Allowed To Drive Semi-Trailer Trucks Across State Lines
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