Daily Camera challenges order blocking publication of warrant as unconstitutional

Daily Camera (Boulder):  An attorney for the Daily Camera argued in court Tuesday that a Boulder judge’s order prohibiting the newspaper from publishing information contained in an arrest-warrant affidavit in an attempted-murder case was an unconstitutional prior restraint of the press.

Chief Boulder District Judge Maria Berkenkotter did not immediately rule on the Camera’s motion to overturn her order, saying “the prior restraint will remain in effect” while she considers the matter.

The court order, which Berkenkotter stressed she had issued reluctantly on Monday, came in the case of the 16-year-old boy accused of severely beating a Lefthand Canyon woman last week.

Jeffrey Collins is due to be charged as an adult on Wednesday with attempted first-degree murder and felony assault on an at-risk person. Collins has been in custody on $1 million bond since Thursday, after he was arrested in Broomfield.

Collins is accused of attacking 71-year-old Katie Kulpa on Sept. 19 in her Lefthand Canyon home after she had picked up Collins and two friends while they were hitchhiking in the area.

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