U.S. District Court Judge Larry Burns seems to be tiring of the requests from both sides for secrecy over various aspects of the court case against Jared Loughner, the man charged with shooting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and others at her outreach event in a Tucson supermarket parking lot in January.
In fact, Burns is suggesting that both the defense and prosecution are crying wolf over potential dangers to Loughner's fair trial rights.
The latest request, made by the prosecution and endorsed by the defense, was for an order barring the dissemination of autopsy reports on the six men and women killed in the January 8 shooting spree. Burns seems to have been throughly frustrated by the motion and by the lack of any facts presented to the court to support it.I remember repeatedly hearing that there was a "teachable moment' in all of this. Judging by the above, I would argue it is a moment that we failed. Additional homework is required.
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