The Oakland County District Attorney’s Office wants to block the release of all Oxford High shooting evidence held by the county sheriff, as ordered by a judge in one of the civil lawsuits against district officials Oxford Community School.
In a statement Wednesday, officials from District Attorney Karen McDonald’s office said a judge in one of the district’s civil lawsuits ordered the release of all evidence regarding the case contained in the District Sheriff’s Office file. Oakland County. The lawsuit was brought by attorney Ven Johnson on behalf of the victims of the Oxford shooting.
The district attorney’s office is concerned that the disclosure of evidence could impact the ongoing criminal trials against Ethan Crumbley and his parents, Jennifer and James Crumbley. The bureau is also concerned that leaking evidence could give the shooter “the notoriety he was looking for.”
“Civil cases are also an important part of bringing justice to victims, but we ask that criminal cases be allowed to proceed before more evidence is released,” Oakland County Assistant District Attorney Marc Marc said on Wednesday. Keast, in a press release.
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Keast said the bureau does not wish to publicly release video or other evidence for fear that such release would “inadvertently encourage future shooters.”
It’s unclear which lawsuit McDonald is referring to — Johnson’s company has filed several lawsuits, including in Oakland County Circuit Court and Federal Court.
Johnson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Oakland prosecutor wants to stop public release of Oxford evidence