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EDITORIAL: Media exclusion from Michael Fay case

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There is a high profile trial unfolding in our area, and it is generating additional exposure even though the proceedings have not yet begun. 

In this case, Michael Fay, a juvenile, has been charged with two counts of aggravated murder in the deaths of Blake and Blaine Romes.  The defense has filed a motion to exclude the media from at least some of the proceedings. 

This is a slippery slope.  An attorney representing WTOL 11, Fox Toledo, WNWO, The Associated Press of Ohio, The Findlay Courier, The Lima News, The Putnam Sentinel, and possibly other media outlets will file an objection on First Amendment grounds. 

Ohio law gives the judge discretion to ensure justice, but we believe the Constitution and legal precedent support our belief that conducting these proceedings behind closed doors does not support justice and violates your right to know.

 We have an essential obligation to inform the public about the things that matter in their communities.  We will object to the motion to exclude the media because it is the correct and necessary legal step to take. 

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