The trial of Neil Entwistle, accused of murdering his wife and baby daughter, is sure to be a spectacle. But here’s one spectacle you won’t be seeing: Judge Diane Kottmyer today ruled that two reporters will not be called to testify during a pre-trial hearing, writes David Frank of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.
Laurel Sweet and Michele McPhee reported in the Boston Herald in November 2007 that Entwistle had written a suicide note while in jail. Sweet, who’s still with the Herald, and McPhee, now a talk-show host for WTKK Radio (96.9 FM), got off the hook when prosecutors said they have no plans to introduce the suicide note at Entwistle’s trial. Call this an ever-so-slight victory for the First Amendment.
McPhee’s got a book coming out on the case next Tuesday.