A Long Island politician charged with tax evasion cannot prevent media outlets from running photographs of him in handcuffs, a federal judge decided on Friday. Ruling from the bench, Eastern District Judge Arthur D. Spatt in Central Islip denied a motion by Nassau County Democratic legislator Roger Corbin to enjoin Newsday and cable channel News 12 from running pictures of him taken during a "perp walk" following his May 6 arrest. Judge Spatt said he was "troubled by [the] repeated use" of Mr. Corbin's photograph with his hands handcuffed behind his back, when there were "numerous photographs" of him available from his 14 years as a lawmaker. But the judge said he lacked the authority to "censor the press in this matter and cannot instruct the press as to what images are newsworthy."
Court Refuses to Halt Media Use Of Lawmaker's Perp Walk Photo
New York Law Journal
June 1, 2009
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