Judge: Maine AG Erred in Subpoena to Newspaper for Video Interview of Admitted Killer

October 26, 2018

The attorney general's office had sought unedited video taken in September of a jailhouse interview with Andrea Balcer, who admits having murdered her parents in 2016. The newspaper, represented by the law firm Preti Flaherty Beliveau & Pachios, filed a motion to quash the subpoena, arguing that the attorney general’s office failed to follow the rule for a subpoena for material that “may be protected from disclosure by a privilege” and did not seek prior court approval for its request. 

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“This ruling establishes an important bulwark against subpoenas now and in the future,” said Sigmund Schutz, an attorney from the law firm representing the newspaper.