Removal of injunction to be decided next week
SARASOTA COUNTY (SNN) - The Herald Tribune was in court on Tuesday, arguing to dissolve an emergency injunction issued on June 10.
It prevented the newspaper from publishing information it obtained legally for 10 days.
Through a public records request, reporters at the Herald Tribune obtained the names of deputies involved in an April Shooting.
The names came from the State Attorney’s Office in a letter in which prosecutors ruled the shooting was justified.
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office was granted an emergency injunction to prevent the paper from printing those names on Friday.
Sheriff Kurt Hoffmann said in a statement, “We appreciate that the Chief Judge has signed a temporary order preventing the release of information until an expedited hearing can be held to resolve the parties’ differing interpretations of the privacy protections afforded to our deputies by Marsy’s Law and the Florida Constitution.”
The Herald Tribune is seeking to overturn that order.
Their attorneys argued this was an unconstitutional prior restraint, and they say this case is not about whether Law Enforcement Officers should be covered by Marsy’s Law protections.
The newspaper’s motion to overturn the injunction focuses on free speech violations.
Both sides presented arguments in a 2.5 hour hearing in Sarasota on Tuesday.
There was ultimately no removal of the injunction.
The judge said he would rule within a week.