Prior Restraint

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A New Britain Superior Court judge has taken the unusual step of acting as the editor of a Connecticut news organization.

Judge Stephen Frazzini has ordered the Connecticut Law Tribune not to run a story on a child custody case involving the Department of Children and Families. DCF says it did not request the ruling and spokesman Gary Kleeblatt, a former reporter himself(JI), offered no additional comment on the issue.

A Journal Inquirer report on the controversy notes higher courts have routinely intervened in similar cases in which lower courts, or government agencies, have attempted to apply prior restraint on publishers of news.

The Law Tribune is appealing the judge’s ruling.