Citing Fears of Tainted Jury Pool, Prosecutors Seek to Shut Down Website
Posted Oct 2, 2012 6:30 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Prosecutors in Montgomery County, Md., have asked a judge to shut down a defendant’s website because of fears it will taint the jury pool.
Reeco Richardson was a passenger in a car that crashed in March after a police chase, the Washington Post reports. The car had been reported stolen and Richardson, the only survivor, was charged with theft. His website has photos, court documents and a video said to be from the police car.
Prosecutors filed a motion last week seeking to shut down the website. Richardson’s lawyer told the Post that the website seeks to respond to information posted on the police website, and it’s a free speech issue.
Richardson has also filed a $10 million lawsuit claiming police caused the accident.
Updated on Oct. 4 to include a screenshot of the website.