Judge Considers News Photos Of Handcuffed Defendant


A federal judge on Long Island will hold a hearing to determine whether to bar Newsday from continuing to publish, and News12 from broadcasting pictures of Nassau legislator Roger Corbin in handcuffs because the actions would prejudice his chance for a fair trial. U.S. District Judge Arthur Spatt acted on a motion by Corbin attorney Thomas Liotti, who said Newsday had printed about eight similar pictures of Corbin with his hands behind his back, apparently handcuffed.

The photos began to be published earlier this month alongside stories about Corbin’s case when he was arrested on federal charges of evading income tax on $226,000 and lying to an agent. Spatt called it “especially troubling to me” that the pictures of Corbin handcuffed were used in the days following his arrest when Newsday and News12 could have used other pictures taken during Corbin’s long legislative career. Newsday’s coverage included both the handcuff photos and pictures from throughout his life. David Schulz, attorney for Newsday and News12, said the Supreme Court has not allowed a judge to restrain news organizations before publication. “Courts do not get [into] telling the media what to publish,” Schulz said.

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