Public records sealed in Best Buy assault case

From JACKSONVILLE, Fla — Circuit Court Judge Adrian Soud must decide whether to allow the release of what Jacksonville media argues should be public record and important to the coverage of a high-profile case. His decision could make United States history.

Soud sealed records of a police report regarding the alleged attack on a nine-year-old girl in a bathroom at the Southside Boulevard Best Buy last month. A portion of a report included part of an alleged confession from the defendant, James Tadros.

One local television station accidentally released the records, which unleashed debate with some arguing for the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of the press and others arguing for the Sixth Amendment’s right to give defendants the right to a speedy and fair trial.

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