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Judge in Magnotta trial to rule on media's access to evidence

06/05/2013 05:48 EDT | Updated 08/05/2013 05:12 EDT
A Quebec Superior Court judge has taken under advisement a request by some media for access to the evidence introduced at Luka Magnotta’s preliminary inquiry.

Magnotta is accused of murdering and dismembering Jun Lin, a Concordia University student originally from China, who died last May.

A video uploaded to the internet in which a man was repeatedly stabbed and then dismembered was widely considered to depict Lin’s murder.

Some media are seeking the right to review documents, photographs and videos prior to Magnotta’s trial, which is scheduled to get underway in 15 months.

None of that material can be made public because of a reporting ban imposed by the court.

The prosecution, Magnotta’s defence lawyer, Luc Leclerc, and the lawyer for Lin’s family unanimously opposed the media’s motion at a court hearing today.

Lin’s family doesn’t want that kind of information to be shared widely, and the family’s lawyer said his clients are worried about unscrupulous reporters. He asked how the family could be sure the ban wouldn’t be violated, and how the evidence, once made accessible to the media, could be protected from being widely disseminated online.

The prosecutor characterized the media as “hungry, greedy and entitled.”

The lawyer for the media countered that the reporting ban has been respected to date. He argued the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled numerous times that access to evidence is fundamental to Canada’s justice system.

In a separate matter, Magnotta’s lawyer once again requested more money from the Quebec government.

Leclerc said the $500 he’s being offered by legal aid to prepare for the 2014 trial is not enough.

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