Judge formally denies media request for electronic interviews

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A Chittenden County judge is denying a media request to release copies of audio and video recordings of murder suspect Brian Rooney.

In his ruling, Judge Michael Kupersmith cited the need to ensure a fair trial for the 37-year-old Rooney.

He who has pleaded not guilty to charges he killed University of Vermont senior Michelle Gardner-Quinn in October 2006.

The Burlington Free Press and WCAX-TV sought copies recorded police interviews with Rooney between the time Gardner-Quinn disappeared from downtown Burlington and when her body was discovered six days later.

Kupersmith says releasing the recordings would further taint the jury pool.

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