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Friday, March 08, 2013

Ind. Courts - "Prosecutors seek limits on spectators at Bei Bei Shuai rat poison death trial"

In a brief AP story today, Charles Wilson writes:

Prosecutors want an Indianapolis judge to bar courtroom spectators from wearing buttons expressing their opinions about a woman who gained international attention when she was charged with the murder of her premature baby after she ate rat poison while she was pregnant.

But a legal expert says that and some other ground rules requested by prosecutors who charged Bei Bei Shuai with murder don’t pass legal tests.

Indiana University law professor Shawn Boyne says the Constitution and legal precedent protect spectators’ free speech rights as long as they aren’t disruptive.

Marion County prosecutors say the requests are routine in such cases.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 8, 2013 09:17 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts