PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A judge has ordered Maine broadcasters to produce unaired tapes of prosecutor interviews in a murder case.
The Portland Press Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2qfZPqd ) the Maine Public Broadcasting Network and WGME-TV have seven days to comply with Monday’s order to hand over outtakes from interviews with Pamela Ames. Ames is a former assistant attorney general who won a conviction against Anthony Sanborn Jr. in the 1989 murder of his childhood girlfriend Jessica Briggs.
Sanborn served 27 years in prison before being released on bail in April after a witness recanted.
Sanborn’s attorney says Sanborn was the victim of prosecutorial misconduct. In interviews with MPBN and WGME, Ames says she never pressured witnesses.
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News directors from both stations filed affidavits saying the release would create a “chilling effect” on future news gathering.