Judge Restricts Access to Evidence in Police Shooting Case
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ The judge overseeing the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed Australian woman is restricting media and public access.
Thirty-three-year-old Mohamed Noor goes on trial Monday in the July 2017 death of Justine Ruszcyzyk Damond, who had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her home.
Hennepin County Judge Kathryn Quaintance ruled Friday that potentially graphic evidence will be seen only by the jury, judge and attorneys, not the public or media. Quaintance says she's restricting access for privacy issues, and because it's potentially inflammatory.
Minnesota Newspaper Association attorney Mark Anfinson says that barring a compelling reason, blocking access to evidence is unconstitutional.
Quaintance is also holding the trial in one of the courthouse's smaller rooms, limiting media and public seating.