College shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz sits in the Broward County courthouse in Castle Lauderdale, Fla., on June 8, 2018. (Taimy Alvarez/Pool/File/South Florida Solar-Sentinel by AP)
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.—Attorneys for the man accused of killing 17 of us at a Florida excessive college in 2018 desire a judge to shut all future hearings to the media and the public to substantiate a just correct trial.
A circulate filed Thursday by lawyers for Nikolas Cruz says recordsdata coverage of pretrial hearings would possibly per chance presumably well also instill bias among seemingly jurors in the death penalty case. As an illustration, they convey, the hearings would possibly per chance presumably well also talk about evidence later stumbled on inadmissible at Cruz’s trial.
Hearings for Cruz, 22, have drawn wide recordsdata coverage since his arrest in the Valentine’s Day 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive College in Parkland, Florida. Moreover the 17 fatal shootings of students and group, 17 other of us were wounded.
“Closure is important to prevent a significant and imminent risk to the administration of justice,” wrote Broward County Public Defender Gordon Weekes and other defense lawyers in a circulate.
“Public disclosure of inadmissible evidence is detrimental to the actual fact-seeking characteristic of a prison trial,” they added.
The Broward bid criminal skilled’s office will oppose the defense effort to shut the pretrial hearings, spokeswoman Paula McMahon acknowledged in an electronic mail Friday. She acknowledged prosecutors will reply in their very dangle court docket filing.
The next set apart hearing is decided for Tuesday. Cruz has pleaded now not guilty, however his lawyers convey he would replace his plea to guilty in replace for a life penal complex sentence. Prosecutors have rejected that provide.
No trial date has been field.