A judge will not order the Florida Times-Union to remove materials from its Internet site or stop publishing reports on an accused serial killer based on public records. Circuit Judge John Skinner spoke on the request for prior restraint on publication made by attorneys for Paul Durousseau.
Skinner has nt decided on a request to forestall the release of further public documents to the media. He said, “I don’t think there’s anything I can do” about publication of materials already received, either in print or on the Internet. Even if I did, it would be up on 2,300 other Web sites already,” the Times-Union reports.
Durousseau, 33, a former cab driver, is charged with killing six women. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. The Times-Union detailed his case in two front-page articles last week based largely on records released by prosecutors under Florida’s public records law. A public defender sought to prevent further reports based on the documents, but Skinner said there’s no way such an order would withstand appeal.