Sep 7, 2016

Latest Updates: TLo Represents News Media Seeking Access to 911 Calls from Mass Shooting At Orlando Pulse Club

In the aftermath of the horrific mass shooting at the Pulse club in Orlando, questions are swirling about the shooter, his motivations, and the 911 calls during the attack.

In the aftermath of the horrific mass shooting at the Pulse club in Orlando, questions are swirling about the shooter, his motivations, and the 911 calls during the attack.  On behalf of a wide range of national and local media clients, TLo is seeking access to the 911 recordings.

To view the latest amended complaint requesting access to the Orlando Pulse 911 calls: Orlando Pulse 911 Calls Amended Complaint with Exhibits.

To see TLo’s original letter to the Orlando City Attorney, click here.

Latest News Updates on Orlando Pulse Club Mass Shooting

September 1, 2016
Rachel Fugate comments on the recent release of 17 calls from the Pulse Orlando shooting.
Read more at the USAToday website.
Read more at the Miami Herald website.

August 25, 2016
United States District Judge Paul G. Byron grants the Associated Press’s Motion to Remand.  The case is remanded to the Circuit Court of the Ninth Judicial Circuit in and for Orange County, Florida. Click here to view the Remand Order.

August 18, 2016
Rachel Fugate argued that the fight between the media and the City of Orlando over the 911 calls should be returned from the federal system to the state level.

June 29, 2016
“In all my years of doing public records litigation, and I’ve represented the media for a long time, I’ve never seen a state public records case attempt to be removed to federal court,” Fugate said. “We think it’s very questionable. We don’t think there’s any basis for the case to be removed to federal court. There’s no federal question. This is strictly a state law issue about how state agencies treat their public records.”
Read more on the website below:
US Attorney declines questions about withholding 911 calls in Pulse shooting

June 28, 2016

Carol LoCicero said she will likely move to return the case to state court because the issue in question, Florida’s public records, emanates from specific state laws. Video and full story at the following link:
Department of Justice moves Pulse public records case to federal court

June 27, 2016
“We do not think that there is a basis for jurisdiction in federal court,” said Rachel Fugate. “There really is no federal question. This is a matter of access to state records. It is a state agency’s obligation to assert exemptions and nobody can do that on their behalf.” Read more on WMFE’s website below:
Legal Battle Over Pulse Shooting Records Moves to Federal Court

June 16, 2016
Read the Los Angeles Times report on the letter here:
Media push for release of 911 tapes in Orlando shooting

June 14, 2016
“Even in critical and challenging times, transparency is important,” said a four-page letter sent Tuesday to Orlando’s city attorney from media lawyer Rachel Fugate
Read the Sun Sentinel’s report on the letter here:
Media jointly demand release of Orlando shooting 911 calls

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