No publication ban on Pickton trial

There will be no sweeping publication ban on the first-degree murder trial of Robert Pickton, even though the accused serial killer could face a second trial at a later date. A British Columbia judge made the ruling Dec. 14, 2006, after lawyers for news organizations argued a ban would effectively mean one of the biggest murder cases in Canadian history would be tried in secret. Read the Canadian Press report.

The British Columbia Supreme Court has posted a summary of publication bans in force for Pickton’s trial, as well as procedures for journalists seeking access to hearings and exhibits.