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Judge denies request to seal all records in shooting spree

Circuit Judge Glenn Kim denied today a request by the defense lawyers for Toby Stangel to seal records and documents in his case, including any 911 police tapes related to the highway shooting spree June 3 that left one dead and two wounded.

Stangel’s defense attorneys argued that if the tapes were made public, the publicity over them would jeopardize their client’s right to a fair trial.

Stangel is charged with murder and attempted murder in connection with the shootings.

But Kim said he agreed with Star-Advertiser attorneys who argued against the defense request.

The judge said defendants received fair trials in other highly-publicized cases, including Byran Uyesugi who was convicted of the 1999 murder of seven co-workers.

"To me, it borders on the ludicrous to say Mr. Stangel cannot get a fair trial," the judge said.

Stangel’s trial had been set for this month, but was rescheduled for the week of Dec. 5.

The Star-Advertiser obtained a court ruling last week from Circuit Judge Edwin Nacino who ruled the city must release five of nine 911 tapes requested by the newspaper.


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