2017-05-27 / State/Regional

Judge order broadcasters to release tapes in murder case


PORTLAND (AP) – A judge has ordered Maine broadcasters to produce unaired tapes of prosecutor interviews in a murder case.

The Maine Public Broadcasting Network and WGME-TV have seven days to comply with Monday’s order to hand over outtakes from interviews with Pamela Ames.

She is a former assistant attorney general who won a conviction against Anthony Sanborn Jr. in the 1989 murder of his childhood girlfriend Jessica Briggs.

Sanborn served 27 years in prison before being released on bail in April after a witness recanted.

Sanborn’s attorney says Sanborn was the victim of prosecutorial misconduct. In interviews with MPBN and WGME, Ames says she never pressured witnesses.

News directors from both stations filed affidavits saying the release would create a “chilling effect” on future news gathering.

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