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September 16, 2013

Videos showing alleged brutality open to public in Molen case

Judge: Files can’t be copied

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Ingram, in his order, seemed to agree with the defense. 
“If copied, the ease with which the exhibits could be edited, manipulated, and disseminated increase that risk of prejudicial pretrial publicity,” states the order. “Any actual prejudice is speculative at this point, but the risk of such prejudice is real.
“ ... Access and the derivative free flow of information is ensured by the filing of the exhibits and making them generally available for viewing by the public or media,” Ingram continues in his order. 
Ingram ordered U.S. prosecutors to deliver the DVDs to the court for filing no earlier than Monday, Sept. 16. 
Molen’s trial in the U.S. Eastern District in London is slated for Dec. 17, 2013. A pretrial conference in the case is scheduled for  Nov. 22. A motions hearing is set for Oct. 15. 
U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves is expected to oversee the trial. 
Molen is currently facing an indictment in federal court in the Western District of Kentucky. A grand jury in Bowling Green in August handed down a charge of one count of depriving a victim of civil rights while carrying out his duties as a deputy. 
That indictment stems from an Aug. 24, 2008 incident and involving victim C.F., who has been identified as former Burnside mayor Charles “Chuck” Fourman. Molen pleaded not guilty to that charge as well.

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