A&E Posts Gang Member Interview Footage To Avoid Court Order


A&E Channel posted raw footage of interviews with a gang member on its website, apparently to stave off a court order that would have forced it to give the tapes to Davidson County, Tn., prosecutors preparing for a murder trial, The Tennessean reports. The A&E show Gangland interviewed Brown Pride gang member Jonathan Gutierrez, a murder suspect in the 2007 shooting death of Lucio Garcia. In the Gangland documentary titled “Hunt and Kill,” Gutierrez said, “Everything happened so quick. Did what we had to do. So things happen.”

Prosecutors wanted raw footage of the interview. A&E resisted, but a judge ordered A&E to turn over the raw film. A&E appealed, but before the appeal could be decided, A&E came to an agreement with prosecutors and put raw footage from the interview online. Prosecutor Bret Gunn said the online clips, which included large swaths of interviews that never went on the air, provided key information to prosecuting Gutierrez.

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