Published May 03, 2016
A judge says a Cincinnati TV station can broadcast an interview with an Ohio man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol.
Christopher Lee Cornell is charged with attempted murder of U.S. officials and other counts. WXIX-TV interviewed him by telephone Thursday from the Kentucky jail where he awaits trial in Cincinnati.
Cornell's attorney says the interview could violate his defendant's right to a fair trial. The attorney argued an earlier court order prohibits any outside contact with Cornell without his attorney's approval.
But a federal judge said Friday that she wouldn't prevent the broadcast.
The station's attorney said prohibiting the interview's release would violate the media's right to free speech without prior restraint.