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SANTA FE – The state Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned a state district judge’s gag order that barred spectators, including a Journal reporter, from disclosing or publishing certain information that might emerge during a public trial over financial infighting between members of the prominent Abruzzo family and an in-law.
The Albuquerque Journal and the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government asked the Supreme Court to intervene, arguing that the order by Judge Alan Malott of Albuquerque was an unconstitutional prior restraint that far exceeded the judge’s powers.
“This case is a very simple one, although very serious,” Journal attorney Chuck Peifer told the Supreme Court during a nearly hourlong hearing. “This is a core constitutional protection.”