Hearing on gag order in Tara Grinstead murder case

Judge Melanie Cross issued the gag order in the case

Judge Melanie Cross issued the gag order in the case

Her disappearance went unexplained for more than a decade until the Georgia Bureau of Investigation last month announced it had arrested 33-year-old Ryan Alexander Duke on charges that he killed the former teacher at Irwin County High School.

A superior court judge declined to make an immediate ruling Thursday after hearing opposing arguments on whether a gag order in the Tara Grinstead murder case should remain in place or be overturned. "We just want to know what happened to Tara", said Strickland, who hopes the gag order will be lifted or at least revised.

A second suspect, Bo Dukes, was arrested a week later.

Cross said she would review briefs from the various lawyers and rule on the case within a week.

The media's attorneys also said because the gag order is so broad, it infringes on the First Amendments right to free press, hinders the media's ability to report on the story, and stifles the public's desire to learn about a case of high interest. "Just because there's publicity, doesn't mean that automatically prejudices the community", said attorney S. Derek Bauer, who was hired by television stations and newspapers in Atlanta and Macon.

Attorney Leslie Gaither, representing the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, WSB and the Associated Press, noted that a court clerk has cited the gag order in refusing to open court records in the case.

John Mobley, a public defender representing Duke, initially requested the gag order.

Two weeks ago, Cross ordered investigators, lawyers and possible witnesses not to comment publicly on the case. A week after Duke's was charged with murder, the GBI charged Duke's high school friend, Bo Dukes, with helping Duke destroy and discard Grinstead's remains.

On Thursday, Mobley argued that the order was necessary to ensure a fair trial for his client. He added that because the gag order was not against the media itself, it did not violate any constitutional rights. He argued that media coverage has been "constant and pervasive".

The judge issued her gag order soon thereafter.

Recommended News

  • Iowa teen found dead in diaper; parents charged

    Iowa teen found dead in diaper; parents charged

    Both parents have remained in the Polk County Jail since their arrests in December and are awaiting a trial scheduled for October. Finn's ex-husband, Joseph Finn , 46, is facing several charges of kidnapping, neglect or abandonment and child endangerment.
    Kantar: Windows Mobile sales market share drops to 1.3% in the US

    Kantar: Windows Mobile sales market share drops to 1.3% in the US

    With numerous new smartphones announced at MWC not headed to the USA for now, this looks unlikely to change in the near future. Nothing much is changing in the US , where just three brands take home more than four-fifths of all sales.
    Dragon Ball Super Episode 85 Welcomes Back Android 17

    Dragon Ball Super Episode 85 Welcomes Back Android 17

    The " Dragon Ball Super " Episode 83 will air on March 26, while the "Dragon Ball Super" Episode 84 will premiere on April 2. For Weekly Shonen Jump synopsis says that two were not battling at all, but rather blasting off arguments with each other.
  • Analysts showing optimistic trends for: Scorpio Tankers Inc. (NYSE:STNG)

    The stock is now moving above its 20-Day Simple Moving Average of -5.69% with the 50-Day Simple Moving Average of -5.69 percent. Scorpio Tankers Inc.is engaged in the seaborne transportation of refined petroleum products in the worldwide shipping markets.
    April the Giraffe's vet suggests movement for birthing

    April the Giraffe's vet suggests movement for birthing

    This will be April's fourth calf and the first for the father, Oliver. April the Giraffe continued to remain in her current condition. That means the baby is moving into place for birth.
    Eurovision 2017 contest officially opens on May 7

    Eurovision 2017 contest officially opens on May 7

    Never Give Up On You was co-written by Daniel Salcedo, 2013 Eurovision Song Contest victor Emmelie de Forest and Lawrie Martin. During the meeting delegates received updates from the core team of the Eurovision Song Contest and Host Broadcaster, UA:PBC.
  • Buick Enclave Gets New Grille and Curvaceous Headlights

    Buick Enclave Gets New Grille and Curvaceous Headlights

    In another report, the 2018 Buick Enclave is expected to carry the 3.6-liter V-6 for the standard model. With regard to shape, the 2018 Buick Enclave is expected to have some resemblance with its predecessor.
    Xbox Scorpio Update; Integrated Power Supply and 4K DVR Support

    Xbox Scorpio Update; Integrated Power Supply and 4K DVR Support

    Perhaps Microsoft will also allow users to stream 4K gameplay to Beam, the live streaming service the company acquired past year. According to the pre-order page, it will also be compatible with all Xbox One games and accessories.

    Should You Sell Seagate Technology. Based On Current Broker Views?

    Seven Bridges Advisors LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Seagate Technology PLC during the third quarter worth about $107,000. Susquehanna Bancshares Inc reissued a neutral rating on shares of Seagate Technology PLC in a report on Saturday, January 28th.
  • Antofagasta PLC reiterated as Underweight By JP Morgan

    In an analyst rating update on Thursday shares of Antofagasta PLC (LON:ANTO) had their rating reiterated by analysts at JP Morgan. The shares were bought at an average cost of GBX 211 ($2.58) per share, with a total value of £1,266,000 ($1,547,866.49).
    Rainbow Six Siege's New Patch Update Buffs Glaz, Doc, and Buck

    Rainbow Six Siege's New Patch Update Buffs Glaz, Doc, and Buck

    Also, Buck has an extra magazine for his "skeleton key" aka his shotgun-which-can-blast-huge-holes-in-walls. These new changes should put a new spin on Rainbow Six Siege to give players more reasons to keep playing.
    This Is Why Stelena Didn't End Up Together on 'The Vampire Diaries'

    This Is Why Stelena Didn't End Up Together on 'The Vampire Diaries'

    But this leaves Dobrev free to try out alternatives in the world of dating before she settles down with "the one". It was this ending Plec envisioned and was going to make happen until Nina Dobrev left the show.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.