Judge: Delaware newspaper must turn over interview video clips

A Delaware judge has ruled that The News Journal must turn over previously unpublished video clips of an interview with a man before he was charged with murder.

The News Journal reports that Superior Court Judge Charles Butler determined Tuesday that the public interest in a fair trial for Christopher Rivers outweighed the newspaper’s need for confidentiality.

Authorities say Rivers arranged the 2013 slayings of his auto repair shop partner, Joseph Connell, and Connell’s wife, Olga. He is charged with first-degree murder and criminal solicitation.

An attorney for the newspaper argued that turning over the clips would hurt the paper’s ability to develop and maintain sources. A state prosecutor says the videos are key to showing inconsistencies between what Rivers told police and what he told a reporter.

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