Barrett Murder Trial Publication Ban Dismissed
The media will be able to fully report the details of the second-degree murder trial of Thomas Ted Barrett, later this month.
Barrett’s lawyer had applied for a publication ban in the case of the 40 year-old Glace Bay man charged in the death of Brett Elizabeth MacKinnon.
But this morning, Justice Robin Gogan dismissed the application.
Barrett is scheduled to stand trial starting a week from Monday.
21 year-old MacKinnon was reported missing in 2006 and her remains were found in woods in the Passchendaele area of Glace Bay in 2008.
Barrett’s lawyer, Brian Bailey, had argued that evidence from the trial could taint potential jurors when Barrett stands trial on another second degree murder charge in September.
Barrett is one of two people charged in the 2012 death of 21-year-old Laura Jessome from Bras d’Or.
The CBC and the Cape Breton Post opposed the publication ban and their lawyer David Coles argued jurors can still be impartial even though they’ve heard about a case.