"Why did CMPD seek the (block) pre-trial release of the tapes? Simply put, we do not believe it proper for key evidence to be released to the media before the trial begins. The only exception to this rule is when the release of the evidence is necessary to protect the public from imminent harm or to develop further investigative leads.
A certain amount of pre-trial publicity will always occur in cases that are sensational. Certainly, the public has a right to know who has been arrested and the nature of the allegations against the defendant.
However, actual evidence such as statements made by the suspect or a witness that are relevant to the suspect's guilt or innocence, should only be released to the public during the course of the trial. The potential harms (chilling others from coming forward, undermining the State's ability to prosecute and denying the defendant a fair trial) caused by pre-trial release simply outweigh the media desire to release evidence to the public at this time.
Fortunately the law in North Carolina allows us to petition a court to seek an order preventing pre-trial disclosure. Although the Court did not agree with our argument, we were pleased that the Court issued its ruling only after listening to the tape."
-- Deputy City Attorney Mark Newbold
This should give you some idea of the crazy logic Mr. Newbold, Curt Walton and Chief Monroe will try to use on Charlotte's City Council later this afternoon.