ORLANDO, Fla. — The Latest on the legal fight over the released of the 911 calls from the Pulse nightclub shooting (all times local):
A judge has cleared the way for the release of many of the hundreds of 911 calls related to a mass shooting at a gay Florida nightclub.
Circuit Judge Margaret Schreiber on Monday dismissed a lawsuit from the city of Orlando that tried to stop the release. The city argued that the calls were exempt from the state’s public records law.
Two dozen media groups sued the city for the records in the days after Omar Mateen opened fire at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Forty-nine patrons were killed and 53 others were hospitalized.
Despite the judge’s ruling, 911 calls depicting Pulse patrons being killed are still prohibited under Florida law from being made public.
A battle over whether 911 calls from the Pulse gay nightclub shooting in Florida will be made public may hinge on a technicality over how lawsuits are filed at the courthouse.
The City of Orlando and media groups are in court Monday for the first of two hearings.
The media groups filed a lawsuit in state court about 10 days after the June shooting, seeking the release of the recordings. Less than an hour later, the city filed a complaint in state court, asking that the recordings be declared exempt from public records law.
The media groups want the city’s lawsuit dismissed. They say the two complaints are identical and that they filed first.
But the city says its lawsuit was the first to be distributed to the parties involved, and that gives it priority.