2nd Judge Rescinds Newspaper Story Purge Orders

By: By GENARO C. ARMAS, Associated Press Writer Email
By: By GENARO C. ARMAS, Associated Press Writer Email

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - A second central Pennsylvania judge has rescinded court orders directing two newspapers to delete archived stories about defendants.

The orders involving the Centre Daily Times and The Daily Collegian student newspaper at Penn State touched on the potential for media censorship.

Centre County Judge Thomas King Kistler says he signed new expungement orders Wednesday that did not include the newspapers.

Such orders typically direct public agencies to clear a person's record in instances in which charges are dismissed, withdrawn or otherwise are no longer applicable.

Kistler says judges met Wednesday with the lawyer for the defendants. Kistler says the court would also look at 36 other orders that involve the newspapers.

Judge Bradley Lunsford cited free speech concerns in rescinding a court order Tuesday.

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