Defense Attorney Asks Judge to Seal Transcripts - NBC 7 San Diego

Defense Attorney Asks Judge to Seal Transcripts



    Defense Attorney Asks Judge to Seal Transcripts
    The three on the left, Charfauros, Luangrath and Ortiz, are accused of killing a San Diego police officer, pictured right.

    A defense attorney for one of the three murder suspects accused of killing a San Diego police officer in October 2010 revealed today that the transcript of testimony from the Grand Jury which indicted the three defendants is approximately 3,500 pages long and fills 15 volumes.

    There are also numerous exhibits that were seen and heard by jurors.

    Alex Charfauros, Patrick Luangrath and Melissa Ortiz, were indicted on murder and other charges in the October 2010 shooting death of the officer in a Skyline apartment.

    The defense wants Judge Kenneth So to seal the entire transcript and the exhibits. The attorneys argue that if the media reports what witnesses said during the month-long Grand Jury hearing, potential jurors would be biased against their clients, and they would not get a fair trial.

    But an attorney representing NBC 7 and KFMB said an unbiased jury can still be seated, even if the transcripts are released. State law also states that the transcripts should be released ten days after they are given to the defense.

    Media attorney Guylyn Cummins said that she doubts Judge So will seal the entire transcript, and will instead only consider withholding portions of the testimony and exhibits.

    The next hearing on this legal dispute is scheduled for Sept. 24.

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