The U.S. Attorney's office today filed a formal request asking that a federal judge make City Councilor Chuck Turner promise not to publicly divulge the contents of any recordings or documents it hands over to his attorneys before his and Dianne Wilkerson's criminal conspiracy and bribery cases come to trial. The U.S. Attorney's office argues:
Defendant Turner has made clear through his public statements that he intends to press his case in the media prior to trial and to act as "his own lawyer" in that regard. Mr. Turner has held a series of press conferences and rallies since we hwas charged in this matter, aimed in part at bolstering his character and attacking the government's motives for seeking an indictment against him from the grand jury. It can fairly be inferred that Mr. Turner will continue such press conferences and rallies in the future and, in the absence of a protective order, he will selectively use discovery provided by the government as part of his media campaign.
Because that would be unfair (and could hurt Wilkerson) - as opposed to, say, releasing photographic evidence against Turner before his trial.