Munson refuses to loosen order | Arkansas Blog

Monday, December 8, 2008

Munson refuses to loosen order

Posted By on Mon, Dec 8, 2008 at 2:00 PM

District Judge Lee Munson today declined to loosen his protective orders pertaining to Curtis Lavelle Vance, suspect in the murder of Anne Pressly. Parties in the case remain gagged and he refused to lift his order that prevented release of County Jail records about Vance. These are typically open to inspection. An attorney for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette had argued earlier in the day for release of jail records. A public defender argued that the records should remain closed because Vance's defense could be compromised even by release of information about who visited him.

Said the judge: "The Court hereby finds that release of Mr. Vance's jail records will irreparably compromise the ability of the defendant to obtain a fair trial and that there is no less restrictive measure by which this right can be protected." Attorneys in the case may obtain the records.

The judge issued the order after finding "that the high level of publicity and media attention in this case threaten to destroy Mr. Vance's right to a fair trial by an impartial jury." He said the court had "an affirmative duty to minimize the effects of prejudicial pre-trial publicity."

To the best of my knowledge, nobody suspected that the jail records, at this point at least, contained much of interest in the case.

From the ArkTimes store



Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Judge anticipates punishment of lawyers in Fort Smith class action case

    Federal Judge P.K. Holmes of Fort Smith issued a 32-page ruling yesterday indicating he contemplates punishment of 16 lawyers who moved a class action lawsuit against an insurance company out of his court to a state court in Polk County after a settlement had been worked out.
    • Apr 15, 2016
  • Arkansas: Land of .......

    Welcome to Arkansas: Land of cowardly politicians, discriminatory laws, inhumane turkey drops and lots and lots of Trump voters.
    • Oct 8, 2016
  • Kenneth Starr: A comment from Betsey Wright

    Betsey Wright, former President Bill Clinton's chief of staff when he was Arkansas governor, responds bitterly to a New York Times article today quoting Whitewater Prosecutor Kenneth Starr's warm words about Clinton. She can't forget the lives Starr ruined in Arkansas.
    • May 24, 2016

Most Shared

Most Viewed

  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders: No thanks for your Thanksgiving shtick

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Donald Trump's press secretary, is getting tabbed a hectoring bully (just like her boss) after her Thanksgiving week shtick. In a performance often dripping with disdain, she demanded that reporters give thanks for something before being allowed to ask her a question.
  • The Thanksgiving eve open line

    Here's an open line. And a batch of headlines for the day before Thanksgiving.

Most Recent Comments



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation