A KILLER WHALE killed a trainer at SeaWorld during a performance in February. Security video captured the entire episode. Should it be made available to the public and shown on broadcast news (and the Internet)?
The video was taken into custody by sheriffs, and therefore became a part of the public record. A judge put a temporary ban on the film's release, appeasing the family of the victim and SeaWorld staffers. Over the past week, the two sides were trying to negotiate a deal for the media to see the footage but not publish or air it.
Is there any benefit to the public by showing the video? Does the public have the right to see it? Should the media be allowed to access what is now public record? Or does the family have a right to seal the video showing the death of their loved one?
6 months ago