Tresa Baldas reports:
A Free Press-led battle over the public’s right to see mug shots of criminal defendants is back before a federal appeals court today, only this time the media company has loads of backup — roughly 60 news organizations have joined in the fight.
At issue is a policy by the U.S. Department of Justice, which has refused to release mug shots of criminal defendants on privacy grounds, even though courts have repeatedly ruled that the public has a right to see those photos. The latest such ruling came in August, when a three-judge panel of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Free Press, but still urged the full court to take up the issue.
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