No paying for interviews
BRIMINGHAM, ALABAMA- A judge in Alabama made an unusual ruling banning the media from paying for interviews in the upcoming trial of a woman charged with murder for running her 9-year-old granddaughter to death.
The same judge previously issued a gag-order in the case of 49-year-old Joyce Garrard. A media lawyer calls it extraordinary, especially since no lawyers have mentioned any offers during pre-trial hearings.
Garrard goes to trial next month in the death of Savannah Hardin.
Garrard claims she's innocent of making the girl run until she collapsed and died.
Judge William Ogletree of Etowah County says no payments can be made to witnesses or parties for the coverage of the trial.