Media appeal questions handling of Cooper warrants
The parent companies of WRAL and the Raleigh News & Observer filed an appeal Wednesday questioning the reasoning behind sealed search warrants in the Nancy Cooper murder case.Posted — Updated
According to the brief:
- The court relied on speculation about possible harm the release of warrants might have on the criminal investigation, rather than asking for written support for that conclusion.
- Law enforcement had no compelling reason to ask that the warrants be sealed. In fact, the request to seal was made before the searches were executed, before law enforcement knew what the search would yield.
- The order to seal was not narrow enough in scope or duration.
- The court did not consider, as is required, allowing some of the information in the warrants to be made public.
The brief notes that despite the subsequent release of the warrants, the questions raised by the appeal about procedures and standards remain.