Cardi: ‘The most serious and least tolerable’: A fight for press freedom

The Denver Gazette: What began this week as a pair of emails sent as part of a reporter’s due diligence has turned into a fight over the fundamental First Amendment right of press freedom.

On Tuesday, The Denver Gazette planned to run a story I wrote about the criminal case against one police officer charged in connection with Elijah McClain’s death in 2019. The story is based on the officer’s request to a judge in Adams County to review the charges for probable cause, a motion that is suppressed from public access.

But on Monday, Judge Priscilla Loew issued an order to stop us from publishing the story. Our attorney, Steve Zansberg, filed a motion asking the judge to vacate that order, which he says is plainly unconstitutional “prior restraint.”

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