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Should judge block publication of murder suspect's photo? Share your thoughts

August 12, 2010 | 11:01 am



Should a judge be allowed to prevent a newspaper from publishing the photo of a murder suspect?

That case is now playing out in L.A.

The California Court of Appeal on Tuesday put off a decision for at least another week on whether a judge's order barring the Los Angeles Times from publishing pictures of a quadruple-murder suspect constituted a prior restraint.

But the three-judge panel appeared to reject suggestions by Head Deputy Public Defender Albert J. Manaster that Times photographer Al Seib had acted in an illegal or improper way in obtaining the photos and therefore the paper shouldn't be allowed to publish them. In fact, the judges pointed to court transcripts that showed the photographer had received permission from Superior Court Judge Hilleri J. Merritt before he began taking pictures of Alberd Tersargyan, who is accused of killing three members of a family as well as a prostitute on Sunset Boulevard.

In the video above, Times law enforcement editor Matt Lait discusses the case.

What do you think? Share your views below.