NEWARK — A federal judge ruled Monday that media outlets that have sought to cover the Occupy Newark protests as part of a “right-to-know” lawsuit against the city will not be able to participate in the trial.
U.S. District Judge Mark J. Denno’s ruling in Newark City Attorney Tom J. Walsh’s favor of the Occupy NJ media outlets stems from a lawsuit by the New Jersey chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Jurors were not allowed to listen to the audio and video recordings of the March for Justice, and they had not been given access to court filings and documents that were provided to the defendants by the ACLU.
The judge also noted that the media outlets were not being allowed to appear on the April 19 trial date scheduled for April 20, a day that was supposed to include testimony from police officers who were part of the arrests that day.
That decision prompted the media groups to request that the trial be moved to April 19.
Joint motion filed with the court by the American Council on Public Broadcasting, NJ Advance Media, and New Jersey Public Radio argued that the pretrial hearings were being conducted “under a different pretrial schedule and without access to evidence that would be admissible at trial.”