AP, 2 other news organizations seek to lift gag order, unseal court papers in Huckaby caseBy AP
Thursday, May 13, 2010
News media seek to lift gag order in Huckaby case
SAN FRANCISCO — Three news organizations are asking a California judge to lift a gag order and unseal court records involving a former Sunday school teacher who has admitted to killing an 8-year-old girl.
The Associated Press, Bay Area News Group and the Record of Stockton, Calif., cited public interest in the filing Wednesday. They are challenging San Joaquin County Judge Linda Lofthus’ decision to keep the orders in place after Melissa Huckaby on Monday pleaded guilty to murdering Sandru Cantu in March 2009 in Tracy, Calif.
The filing says Huckaby’s admission removes the need for a gag order and that other court records may shed light on the plea agreement.
A hearing is set for May 24 in Stockton.
Huckaby faces 25 years to life in prison without the possibility of parole when she is sentenced June 14.