April 11, 2017
It's been nearly four months since the Daily Press requested a hearing at Suffolk Circuit Court into a lack of media access to a state lawmaker's criminal case in December.
But with no hearing yet scheduled, the newspaper will file another motion this week asking that the matter be heard - and soon - even if it means a new judge is appointed to the case.
"We need to get this process rolling," said Johan Conrod, an attorney with the Kaufman & Canoles law firm, which is representing the Daily Press. Conrod said he's made "repeated attempts" over the past four months to get a hearing on whether a Suffolk juvenile court judge acted improperly when he barred the media from attending a probable cause hearing against Del. Rick Morris, R-Suffolk, on Dec. 15.
"We've been asking for a hearing since before Christmas, and we're now in the second week of April and still don't have a hearing date," Conrod said.