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Judge places hold on copying of Noor trial exhibits

Judge places hold on copying of Noor trial exhibits Photo: KSTP

May 13, 2019 12:36 PM

A Hennepin County judge has said requests to copy trial exhibits from the case against former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor will be put on hold after the state objected to third-party copying.

That means that while members of the media and others can view those exhibits, for now they are not allowed to make copies, photograph or duplicate them in any way.

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Jurors last month found Noor guilty of murder in the third degree and manslaughter in the second degree in connection to the fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond in July 2017. Sentencing is scheduled for June 7.

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Media organizations - including KSTP -  have requested permission to view and copy trial exhibits, which are now in the custody of the Hennepin County District Court Public Affairs Communication Specialist, who is working in conjunction with the court's criminal administrative staff.

Court documents show the state objected to allowing third-party copying access, citing concerns about post-trial motions, appeals and "potential misuse of graphic evidence without the context in which it was presented at trial."

Noor's attorneys have declined to weigh in on the issue, the documents state.

The ruling issued Monday by Judge Kathryn Quaintance, who presided in the trial, states media representatives will be allowed "access to and the opportunity to view trial exhibits in this case in accordance with Court Exhibit Policy."

However, it also states "requests to copy the trial exhibits in this case will be put on hold until the Court has issued an order with respect to copy access."

A deadline for members of the media or public to file a response to the state's objection has been set for Thursday.

"After which the Court will take the matter under advisement and issue an order as promptly as possible," the ruling reads.

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