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US Baltimore Sun, Capital Gazette ask judge to give public access to court records in mass shooting case

17:50  30 october  2019
17:50  30 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

Trial days away, Health Department report finds Jarrod Ramos legally sane

  Trial days away, Health Department report finds Jarrod Ramos legally sane The judge in the Capital Gazette mass shooting case said a Maryland Health Department report found Jarrod Ramos is legally sane. This was the last pretrial hearing before jury selection begins next week, and 11 News got a look at how each side plans to approach an insanity defense. In Maryland, it is a plea of not criminally responsible. It is the crux of the Capital Gazette shooting case. It came up in conversation at Monday's pretrial hearingThis was the last pretrial hearing before jury selection begins next week, and 11 News got a look at how each side plans to approach an insanity defense. In Maryland, it is a plea of not criminally responsible. It is the crux of the Capital Gazette shooting case.

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Rachael Pacella, a Capital Gazette staffer who survived the shooting by hiding between file cabinets and was injured while trying to escape, said Ramos’ The judge had granted a request from defense attorneys to hold the trial in two phases — the first to determine whether he committed the crimes and

The Baltimore Sun and the Capital Gazette are asking a judge to unseal voluminous court records that have been shielded from the public in the prosecution of a Laurel man who killed five employees of the Annapolis newspaper.

Nearly all the documents in the court case against Jarrod W. Ramos have been sealed, although there appears to be no order sealing the documents in public court files, according to the newspapers’ motions. Ramos pleaded guilty on Monday to the deaths of Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters.

Special exhibit honors victims of Capital Gazette mass shooting

  Special exhibit honors victims of Capital Gazette mass shooting A special exhibit remembers the victims of the Capital Gazette mass shooting as the accused shooter prepares to go to trial. © AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana A makeshift memorial for the the five Capital Gazette journalist killed is seen outside the office building housing The Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md., on Sunday, July 1, 2018. Prosecutors say 38-year-old Jarrod W. Ramos opened fire Thursday in the Capital Gazette newsroom killing five journalist. The exhibit titled "The faces of Capital Gazette" has been open to the public for weeks at the Art Farm Studios in Annapolis.

a shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis in 2018.According to the state's attorney, jury selection would start Wednesday if the judge does Jarrod Ramos stood in court and repeatedly answered "that is correct" when asked by Judge Laura Ripken whether he understood he was giving

The Capital Gazette is owned by Baltimore Sun Media. It began after the newspaper ran a column Wendi Winters, 65, was a feature writer for The Capital and had been a public relations executive in She also ruled to allow access to jail records that document Ramos’ behavior after the attack

The newspapers filed an emergency motion Monday for a hearing to get the documents unsealed, asking a judge to expedite their request.

“Generally the public has a right to know what courts are doing and what litigants are doing and so the presumption is that the court documents are open,” said Nathan Siegel, an attorney representing the papers.

The normal procedure is that all proceedings and documents are open to the public unless a party to the case files a motion to exclude them from public view, citing a valid exemption to open records laws. When that happens a hearing is usually held to determine whether specific documents can be sealed, according to Siegel.

The Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the motion, saying that it doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

Accused Capital Gazette Shooter Jarrod Ramos To Plead Guilty To All 23 Criminal Counts

  Accused Capital Gazette Shooter Jarrod Ramos To Plead Guilty To All 23 Criminal Counts He is now asking for a jury trial on whether he is criminally responsible for Capital Gazette murders. This comes a week after a psychiatrist rules Ramos is legally sane.Hearing in the Capital Gazette mass shooting case starts at 11am @wjzpic.twitter.com/S2ff3oPjzB— Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) October 28, 2019He originally had pleaded not guilty and not criminally responsible for 23 counts.© Provided by CBS Broadcasting Inc. The 39-year-old has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Ann Smith and Wendi Winters.

a shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis in 2018.According to the state's attorney, jury selection would start Wednesday if the judge does Jarrod Ramos stood in court and repeatedly answered "that is correct" when asked by Judge Laura Ripken whether he understood he was giving

Rachael Pacella, a Capital Gazette staffer who survived the shooting by hiding between file cabinets, said Ramos’ guilty plea Phil Davis, a former Capital Gazette reporter who survived the shooting and now works as a reporter at The Baltimore Sun , told reporters outside the courthouse that he used to

The public has a right to view and have access to records in criminal proceedings, argues David Snyder, executive director of the First Amendment Coalition, based in San Francisco. But that right is particularly important in a case involving a defendant who may go to prison for life.

“The overriding interest has been recognized time and again by the U.S. Supreme Court. The people have a right to monitor the way the criminal system works,” Snyder said.

The shooting gained national and global attention at at a time when the press was under attack.

“The case has immense importance in the journalism world,” said Snyder, a former journalist.

In this case, it is not clear why the documents are sealed. An unidentified party filed a motion on Aug. 22 to shield the records from public view.

No hearing has been scheduled yet on the motion. Jury selection is expected to begin Wednesday for the second part of the prosecution. Ramos will be tried on whether he should be held criminally responsible for the murders. Siegel said it is in the public interest to have the court hear the motion before the trial begins.

“It is would appear highly unlikely that a special and compelling reason exists that could support the wholesale sealing of all or much of the docket in this case,” the motion argues.

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Trial to determine sanity of newspaper shooter set for March .
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland judge on Thursday scheduled a March trial to determine whether a man who has pleaded guilty to killing five people at a Maryland newspaper is not criminally responsible because of mental illness. Judge Laura Ripken scheduled Jarrod Ramos' trial to start March 4 and last 13 days. Ramos, 39, pleaded guilty last month to all 23 counts against him, including first-degree murder in the June 2018 shooting at the Capital Gazette that killed John McNamara, Wendi Winters, Rebecca Smith, Gerald Fischman and Rob Hiaasen.

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