Judge OKs release of records from Loughner search

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Posted: Mar 09, 2011 4:07 PM
Judge OKs release of records from Loughner search

A judge overseeing the case against the suspect in the Tucson shooting rampage has approved the release of some records of a police search of the suspect's home.

News organizations had asked U.S. District Judge Larry Burns to unseal the records.

The Arizona Republic and KPNX-TV argued that there's no basis for search warrant records to remain sealed and that the public has a right to the records. The documents have been sealed since Jan. 11.

Loughner's attorneys argued their client's right to a fair trial might be harmed by the release of the records. The said the documents contain potentially inflammatory statements by a law enforcement officer.

Burns ruled Wednesday that many of the records should be released. However, he said some will remain sealed, such as information that is inflammatory or that will not be admissible at trial.