By Ryan Kushner
After a motion was filed by a lawyer representing local newspapers, a Supreme Court-appointed judge has agreed to set an earlier court date to address media issues that first arose when journalists were barred from attending a pre-trial hearing for State Delegate Rick Morris (R-64th).
Attorney Johan Conrod filed a motion Thursday that a court date for the media access issues resulting from the ban be scheduled prior to the upcoming criminal trial for Morris, which is currently set for May 18-19. Judge Louis Lerner, who had previously indicated that he would not be able to hear the media access issues until after the criminal trial, then communicated through Suffolk Criminal Court Administrator Ed Davis that he would hear the concerns in court Monday, May 15.
Morris, who represents parts of Isle of Wight and Suffolk, is charged with two counts of child cruelty and two counts of assault and battery of a family member.