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Maine Newspaper Seeks 911 Transcripts
09/10/2013 10:29 AM ET  

Attorneys clashed Monday before the state Supreme Court over whether 911 call transcripts in active homicide investigations are public records.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ A lawyer for the Portland Press Herald says law enforcement shouldn't be using an exception to the Freedom of Access as an ``E-ZPass'' process for denying requests for 911 transcripts. But the state says releasing transcripts can harm investigations, color witnesses' memories and taint a jury pool.

Attorneys clashed Monday before the state Supreme Court over whether 911 call transcripts in active homicide investigations are public records.

A judge upheld the Maine Attorney General's Office's denial of a newspaper request to release transcripts from 911 calls before last year's fatal shootings of two teenagers in Biddeford.

Prosecutors argued that the transcripts are ``intelligence and investigation'' in the case against James Pak, a Biddeford landlord who's charged with fatally shooting 19-year-old Derrick Thompson and his girlfriend, 18-year-old Alivia Welch.


 

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