Judge admonishes lawyer for releasing body camera footage of client’s arrest

Fort Collins Coloradoan: The lawyer representing Michaella Surat was admonished for his release of body camera footage showing her arrest to the Coloradoan and a Denver TV station.

Judge Joshua Lehman, in an order issued June 4, found that defense attorney David Lane had violated one rule of criminal procedure but declined to make a ruling on whether Lane had violated a professional conduct court rule, as the District Attorney’s Office argued.

Lehman said the Colorado Bar Association would be the more appropriate agency to make a ruling on the second claim.

The judge declined to impose sanctions on Lane, saying the order “serves as an admonishment.” He wrote that “neither party in this matter shall distribute any evidence in this case to any third party without prior approval of the Court,” other than to expert witnesses.

On Friday, Lane asked Lehman to withdraw the admonishment.

Surat’s case gained notoriety after a bystander in Old Town recorded a 10-second video of Fort Collins Police Officer Randy Klamser forcing her to the ground in the April 2017 arrest.

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