Broward County

Judge blasts Sun Sentinel for publishing information on Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz

Sun Sentinel attorney Dana McElroy addresses Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer regarding a school board motion to find the Sun Sentinel in contempt for publishing details of a report on Nikolas Cruz’s education record. Photographed at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday, August 15, 2018.
Sun Sentinel attorney Dana McElroy addresses Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer regarding a school board motion to find the Sun Sentinel in contempt for publishing details of a report on Nikolas Cruz’s education record. Photographed at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. Sun Sentinel

A Broward judge on Wednesday chastised the South Florida Sun Sentinel for publishing legally obtained information about Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz.

Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer faulted the newspaper and its lawyer for leaving her with the impression that the Sun Sentinel agreed not to publish any information that was exempt from disclosure under Florida’s public records laws.

The Broward School Board requested that Scherer find the paper and two of its reporters in contempt of court. The judge did not rule on the request.

Julie Anderson, editor-in-chief of the Sun Sentinel, said: “The Sun Sentinel obtained this report lawfully, found its contents to be of great public interest, and did its duty. As the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press noted, ‘The U.S. Supreme Court has consistently held that the press cannot be punished for publishing or broadcasting truthful information of public concern that the press obtained legally.’”

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