May 24, 2012 at 7:46 PM HST - Updated June 27 at 12:03 AM
HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii judge has tabled a decision on whether to temporarily seal documents and video in a case involving a federal agent accused of murdering a man at a Waikiki McDonald's.
Circuit Court Judge Karen Ahn said Thursday after an hour-long hearing that she will likely make a decision by Tuesday. The state wants the seal and argues defense lawyers for 27-year-old Christopher Deedy want to unfairly portray their side to potential jurors before trial.
Deedy's lawyer says the surveillance and witness video plus screenshots and accompanying documents bolster the argument that Deedy was acting under his duties as a State Department special agent.
A lawyer for three news organizations including Hawaii News Now argued the motion and attachments, which include the video, are public because they were filed in open court.
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