PRESS BARRED FROM WACO REENACTMENT

By: Staff Reports

Motion Denied To Access ‘Truth-Finding’ Test



A federal judge ruled that a partial reenactment of the FBI’s 1993 siege of the Branch
Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, will remain closed to the news media, The Associated
Press reports.


News organizations argued that the test next weekend should be open to the media as a
matter of public interest, but U.S. District Judge Walter Smith of Waco rejected the
motion, finding the reenactment equal to a crime scene that must be protected for
integrity of the evidence.



The motion was filed earlier this month by the AP, The Dallas Morning News, The New York
Times, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The Waco Tribune-Herald also requested public access.


John Danforth, appointed special counsel by Attorney General Janet Reno to investigate the
Davidians’ standoff with federal agents, wrote, ‘The quickest way to discredit an
investigation is to provide the media with selective information during its course.’



The Davidians’ lawyers and the government did not oppose public access.


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