Judge scales back restrictions on news media at Fort Worth capital murder trial

Fort Worth Star-TelegramJanuary 9, 2012 

FORT WORTH — Visiting Judge Elizabeth Berry, who issued a sweeping gag order on news coverage of a capital murder trial on Friday, scaled back restrictions imposed in her courtroom early Monday.

Prior to the start of a hearing scheduled to allow the Star-Telegram to challenge the original order, Berry released a revised list of courtroom restrictions. This order says nothing except that which occurs in open court may be reported by the news media.

The initial order stated that only information discussed in front of the jury could be reported.

Download Motion of Fort Worth Star Telegram to Reconsider and Vacate in Part January 6 2012 Courtroom Conduct Order

Berry's amended order also says that media interviews are not allowed in courtrooms, hallways or other areas around Criminal District Court Number 4-- where she is presiding over the capital murder trial of Kwame Rockwell of Fort Worth.

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