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Shooting at Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas, NV - Oct. 2017 - #Updates

Discussion in 'Crimes' started by Kimster, Oct 2, 2017.

  1. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    MGM paying for hotel stay for Las Vegas shooting witness Jesus Campos

    Mandalay Bay security officer Jesus Campos has been staying at an MGM Resorts International property at the company’s expense following the Oct. 1 shooting on the Strip, the Las Vegas Review-Journal has learned.

    As a result, some veteran trial lawyers are questioning the company’s gesture and potential influence over Campos, a key witness in the criminal investigation and civil litigation against MGM Resorts.

    Campos accepted the paid hotel stay for his own protection after he was identified Oct. 4 as the officer shot by the gunman the night of the massacre, Campos’ lawyer, Frank Flansburg III, told the newspaper Thursday.

    The 25-year-old security officer was shot in the leg while approaching the suite from which the gunman opened fire. Campos’ account of the shooting has grown in importance since Las Vegas police made multiple changes to the timeline of the shooting, which killed 58 people.

    “There’s a suspicion that they are trying to shape his testimony and don’t want him to provide information to the public about the incident,” said Las Vegas attorney Will Kemp, who rose to national prominence while suing the MGM Grand after its deadly fire in 1980. “Obviously, they want him to come out with a version of the timeline that’s favorable to them.”

    Another veteran trial lawyer, Robert Eglet, said the company’s decision to shelter Campos from the public could backfire.

    “Potentially, if they are influencing him in any way on his testimony, it’s reasonable for people to suspect that they could be engaging and trying to control what his testimony or what his statement would be,” he said.

    Eglet’s firm, which has won multimillion-dollar jury verdicts against large corporations, surveyed the crime scene and took aerial photographs, and it has a team of investigators dissecting the shooting. Several victims and their relatives have retained Eglet for possible lawsuits against MGM Resorts, he said.

    ‘Unwanted attention’


    Flansburg said Campos has spent most of his time at an MGM property since his name became public, except for several days in Mexico on a pre-planned and company-approved trip to visit family.


    “Following the tragedy, Mr. Campos’ name was publicly released, resulting in extensive and intrusive media attention,” Flansburg said. “Because of the unwanted attention days after the event, MGM Resorts offered Mr. Campos lodging for his privacy and protection, which Mr. Campos accepted and appreciated.”

    MGM Resorts Senior Vice President Alan Feldman also confirmed Thursday that the gaming company has provided accommodations for Campos.

    “When his name became public, Jesus was inundated with media coming to his home,” Feldman said. “Out of concern for our employee’s safety, we provided a room for him. This was a very unusual circumstance, and our first and only concern was his safety.”

    Flansburg said law enforcement officers interviewed Campos at the hospital and approved his trip to Mexico. He has been available to investigators since returning to the country.

    Larry Hadfield, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department, declined to answer questions about how many times police have interviewed Campos and whether investigators have concerns that MGM is keeping him under wraps.

    “He is a victim in this investigation, and he is cooperating,” Hadfield said.

    Travel to Mexico


    read more .................. https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime...-for-las-vegas-shooting-witness-jesus-campos/
     
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  2. Lambchop

    Lambchop Administrator Staff Member

    I think we have learned long ago not to always trust what we hear in statements from witnesses. Some people are so genuine you just know by body language they are probably being truthful. What bothers me with Campos is his body language. Something is off with him. Not that he was involved but it's as if we are not hearing everything because he is fearful of making a statement.
     
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  3. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Doctors prepare for deep dive into Las Vegas shooter's brain

    Could a study of the Las Vegas massacre gunman's brain help to reveal what led him to kill 58 people?

    Scientists are preparing to do a microscopic study of Stephen Paddock's brain, but whatever they find, if anything, likely won't be what led him to perpetrate the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, experts said.

    Paddock's brain is being sent to Stanford University for a months-long examination after a visual inspection during an autopsy found no abnormalities, Las Vegas authorities said.

    Doctors will perform multiple forensic analyses, including an exam of the 64-year-old's brain tissue to find any possible neurological problems.

    The brain will arrive in California soon, and Stanford has been instructed to spare no expense for the work, The New York Times reported. It will be further dissected to determine if Paddock suffered from health problems such as strokes, blood vessel diseases, tumors, some types of epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, degenerative disorders, physical trauma and infections.

    read more ............. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/10/2...-deep-dive-into-las-vegas-shooters-brain.html
     
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  4. Olenna

    Olenna Chief Justice of the Forum on Checks & Balances

    Bouncing off each of your good questions/thoughts:

    - it was a well-orchestrated secret suicide plan and he registered for his hi-roller double room b/c the room location was important to him, registering as himself, and gambling and drinking at the hotel casino, was actually a less suspicious way to get the privacy, time and location he wanted.

    - guns jam, esp when rigged & he expected gun failures. Also under perfect undiscovered conditions, he likely would have used more guns.

    - gloves protect hands (heat, sweat, recoil, loading & if you practice with gloves you'd shoot w/ gloves).

    - destroyed hard drive b/c it was a well-orchestrated secret suicide plan; it makes perfect sense that he'd think to arrange to protected his private life in death as he did in life. the fact that he destroyed his digital history in advance also confirms his suicidal intent.

    - he pre-calculated his elapsed time of shooting the crowd and time of suicide after accomplishing maximum crowd killing. He also pre-calculated adjusted times in the event he was prematurely discovered. (Anyone finding the stair access door had been blocked prior to beginning shooting - would mean an early discovery of his plot.) As it turns out, he was discovered prior to beginning to shoot and used a shortened calculated contingency time to suicide.


    Perhaps Campos is cooperating with LE, and/or with his own counsel's advice, by limiting his statements in an ongoing investigation. Clearly Campos is being managed by investigation stakeholders - including LE, FBI and Casino management. Campos also has the incredible human compassion burden of being a careful, dignified, fact-oriented witness to the survivors and the victims and their families. The fact that Campos called to report the blocked stairwell, and as a result alerted another employee to come to the scene, and consequently become 2nd witness to the events - who witnessed that Campos had been shot, who waited taking cover with Campos on the scene - both who were both taking cover at the scene upon LE arrival - should squash concerns about this witness.
     
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  5. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    LAS VEGAS SHOOTINGFORCES DRASTIC HOLLYWOOD BOWL SECURITY MEASURE

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    The Hollywood Bowl's taken a gigantic proactive step to prevent a psychopath from unleashing a deadly assault similar to the Las Vegas shooter -- by closing and patrolling a park with unobstructed views of the venue from afar.

    Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the Bowl's new security plan will now extend some approximately 900 feet from the venue at the famous Mulholland Overlook Park ... popular among tourists for its picturesque views of DTLA and, of course, the Bowl.

    We're told several agencies -- including LAPD and Park Rangers -- have begun dispatching officers for security on nights the Bowl has scheduled events. The park will also be closed to the public.

    The Bowl's plan is a direct response to the Vegas massacre ... where Stephen Paddock was perched from his 32nd floor Mandalay Bay hotel room and killed 58 people. He hatched a similar plan from a Chicago hotel overlooking Lollapalooza, but he never followed through.


    http://www.tmz.com/2017/10/29/las-vegas-shooting-hollywood-bowl-security-measures/



    Thank goodness they're using the tragedy to make future concert goers safer. I trust they're doing this across the country. fran
     
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  6. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Las Vegas shooting: Jesus Campos to get subpoena to testify, report says

    The Mandalay Bay security guard who is being eyed as a key witness in the Las Vegas shooting will receive a subpoena to testify on the timeline and other circumstances surrounding the attack, according to local media.

    Jesus Campos will be given the subpoena by an attorney for Rachel Sheppard, a 26-year-old from California who was shot three times in the attack, KSNV reported Monday.

    The station also reported that a judge ruled Monday that lawyers in civil lawsuits will be allowed to inspect the grounds of the Route 91 Harvest music festival, where the attack occurred.

    As of Monday, Sheppard and five other plaintiffs – two in Nevada and three in California – have filed lawsuits related to the attack, according to the New Yorker.

    Sheppard’s lawsuit is against MGM Resorts International, the owners of Mandalay Bay, Live Nation, a bump stock maker and gunman Stephen Paddock’s estate.

    “I flew like three feet,” she told the New Yorker, describing how she was hit in the chest and abdomen by the bullets raining down on the festival. “I mean, I just flew like a fish, just straight back.”

    Paddock fired out of his window from his room on the 32nd floor of the resort on Oct. 1, killing 58 at the concert. Concertgoers described panicked scenes as they raced for the exits of the property, located across the street from the hotel.

    “People kept picking me up and dropping me, and picking me up and dropping me, because we kept hearing the shots,” Sheppard said.

    She was also found to have a crack in one of her lumbar vertebrae and her doctors have said she will not be able to return to her jobs as a bartender and wedding coordinator for at least a year, the New Yorker reported.

    Campos was shot by Paddock in the hallway of the hotel and has only made one public media appearance, on the Ellen DeGeneres show, amid continuing questions about the timeline of events in the massacre.

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/10/3...s-to-get-subpoena-to-testify-report-says.html
     
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  7. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Las Vegas shooting: Paddock's girlfriend may be hiding something, sheriff suggests

    Stephen Paddock’s girlfriend may be hiding something from investigators who are trying to piece together the motive behind the Las Vegas massacre, the city’s sheriff suggested in a wide-ranging interview with a local television station.

    Marilou Danley, who is still a person of interest in the case, has told authorities that she never knew the attack was coming. Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, in his first TV appearance in nearly three weeks, told KLAS that investigators he’s spoken to believe this assessment is accurate, but for him personally, something appears to be off.

    “There is a lot of people that have hundreds and hundreds of guns, but for this individual to do it at a certain point in time and to do it all with such robust action, you would think that Ms. Danley would have some information associated with that,” he said. “But currently we haven’t been able to pull that out of her, if it’s in her.”

    Lombardo added that Danley will be interviewed again this week and he suggested she could have prevented the massacre, which left 58 dead and hundreds injured.

    “It could have been prevented on many levels,” Lombardo told KLAS’ George Knapp. “Marilou Danley, his brother, anybody that may have had some modicum of information that would have presented this individual’s state of mind, but apparently right now we don’t know that.”

    NEWS ORGANIZATIONS FILE LAWSUITS ALLEGING LAS VEGAS OFFICIALS ARE VIOLATING PUBLIC RECORDS LAW

    Danley was in the Philippines at the time of the attack and Paddock wired $100,000 to an account in the country days earlier, according to past reports.

    No motive for the Oct. 1 shooting has been revealed yet, but Lombardo said that since September 2015, Paddock – a high-rolling gambler – had lost a significant amount of wealth.

    “I think that might have a determining factor on what he determined to do,” Lombardo said.

    The sheriff said Paddock was narcissistic, had some bouts of depression and was very status-driven, based on how he liked to be recognized in the casinos and by his family and friends, which was starting to decline.

    read more .......... http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/11/0...may-be-hiding-something-sheriff-suggests.html
     
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  8. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

  9. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    MGM is in crisis as hundreds of Las Vegas shooting victims accuse the Mandalay Bay of missing red flags

    Hundreds of victims of the Las Vegas shooting have filed lawsuits against the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and its parent company MGM Resorts International.

    Several lawsuits — the largest of which was filed on behalf of 450 people — attempt to hold MGM legally liable for the shooting, which killed 58 people and injured hundreds more. Victims are additionally suing the shooter Stephen Paddock's estate and the concert organizer Live Nation Entertainment Inc. as well as, in some cases, the manufacturer of the bump stocks that allowed Paddock to fire as if he were using automatic weapons.

    The crux of the lawsuits' arguments is that MGM and the Mandalay Bay failed to take preventive measures that might have foiled the attack. Plaintiffs argue that staff members should have been better trained to spot red flags with Paddock.

    Over the three days between when Paddock checked in to the hotel and fired from his window at a concert across the street, Paddock took at least 10 suitcases filled with firearms into his room. Police officials said Paddock also constructed an elaborate surveillance system in the hotel, placing two cameras in the hallway outside his suite — one on a service cart — as well as a camera in his door's peephole.

    New decision is ominous for Mandalay Bay

    In October, the Nevada Supreme Court found that MGM could be held liable in a 2010 assault on a California couple at one of the company's hotels, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. The court ruled that the attack was “foreseeable” because there had been similar cases of violence at the hotel.

    The question of whether the Las Vegas shooting was foreseeable is at the center of the Mandalay Bay lawsuits.

    With several high-profile mass shootings having taken place in the US before the Las Vegas shooting, attorneys may argue that hotels and other venues should know to expand measures to try to prevent them, legal experts told Business Insider before any cases were filed.

    "Foreseeability is one of the key components of liability," said Dick Hudak, a managing partner of Resort Security Consulting.

    Heidi Li Feldman, a professor at Georgetown Law School, says it's "entirely feasible" that an attorney would make this argument based on the fact that mass shootings have taken place at other entertainment venues.

    "If Congress isn't regulating gun ownership, it is going to be private parties ... who end up regulating their own premises," Feldman said.

    The hotel industry has no national standards for security, and hotels aren't typically held accountable for guests' behavior. But if any of the hundreds of victims suing Mandalay Bay win their case, it could set a new precedent for the way hotels handle security.



    http://www.businessinsider.com/mgm-...be-held-liable-for-las-vegas-shooting-2017-11
     
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  10. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Las Vegas massacre gunman fired more than 1,100 rounds, sheriff says

    Stephen Paddock fired more than 1,100 rounds when he killed 58 people and injured more than 500 others at a country music festival on the Strip last month, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo told a local newspaper Wednesday.

    Lombardo told the Las Vegas Review-Journal he was aware of the previously unreported figure because his department's forensics lab is working with the FBI to process all ballistics evidence.

    Paddock fired on a crowd of thousands who were attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival from his 32nd floor suite at the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino on the night of Oct. 1. He killed himself as police approached his suite.


    Lombardo added that authorities found about 4,000 unused rounds in the suite.

    read more ............. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/11/2...fired-more-than-1100-rounds-sheriff-says.html
     
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  11. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

    Ex NYPD officer John Carrillo makes a good point
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  12. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Thanks Paradise.
    Interesting.
     
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  13. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    Another Las Vegas massacre survivor dies weeks later — this time, in a hit-and-run

    Roy McClellan had been gone for days. Calls to his phone had gone to voice mail, his wife wrote in a Thursday Facebook post asking people to let her know if anyone had seen her husband.

    Denise McClellan learned on the same day that Roy was killed in a hit-and-run crash days earlier, on Nov. 17, seven weeks after he survived the Oct. 1 Las Vegas massacre.
    [....]
    A month before Roy McClellan’s death, a California couple who also survived the Las Vegas shooting died outside their Southern California home in Murrieta.

    Dennis and Lorraine Carver were killed in a fiery crash just before 11 p.m. on Oct. 16.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...time-in-a-hit-and-run/?utm_term=.9e81386d3ffe
     
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  14. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Wow....way too sad!
     
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  15. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/14/us/las-vegas-shooting-2-months-questions/index.html

    Las Vegas massacre survivors 2 months later: 'We're in the dark'

    (CNN)More than two months have passed since 58 country music fans were gunned down in the Las Vegas massacre, and survivors as well as victims' families are still searching for some semblance of closure.

    Authorities have largely gone silent on the case -- refusing to answer the many lingering questions except for a couple of local TV interviews. But one pressing query may get some answers Thursday when a probate judge could decide the future of gunman Stephen Paddock's finances.
    Since the massacre, more than 450 people have filed lawsuits related to the shooting. Many of them against Paddock's estate.

    Paddock died without a will and his assets have been estimated to be worth $5 million, CNN affiliate KSNV reported. His brother has said the money should be given to the victims, but nothing can be done until a court decides who will manage his assets.
    Thursday's hearing could be the first in a series of steps toward closure for families and shedding light on the case.
    Media outlets including CNN are also fighting in court for the release of public records, like body camera footage and 911 calls.
    Law enforcement wants them held back until its official report is complete, but they won't say when that may come. The lack of information has made it hard for some survivors to heal mentally and emotionally.
     
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  16. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Las Vegas shooting: FBI official says info on motive may take until next October to release

    Want to finally know why Stephen Paddock gunned down 58 people in Las Vegas in early October?

    Be prepared to wait a while – possibly until next October – the chief of the FBI’s Las Vegas office revealed this week during an interview in which he said the agency probably wouldn't brief the public until their report is released sometime before the tragedy’s first anniversary.

    “Now that’s a long time for some people, but speaking for the FBI, that’s light speed, all right?” Special Agent in Charge Aaron Rouse told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Wednesday.

    Rouse said reports from other agencies investigating the mass shooting will be released at different times, but the FBI’s one is “focusing a large part on the why” which is “what everybody wants to know.”

    That burning question has not been answered, but Rouse said evidence still suggests Paddock was the only person involved in the attack and that he has not been linked with any affiliations or ideologies. The FBI previously denied claims by the Islamic State that Paddock was responding to a call to intensify attacks against Western countries bombing its territories in Syria and Iraq.

    Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Joe Lombardo has said in the past that Paddock’s mounting gambling losses may have played a role.

    “As I sit here today, I believe that we are learning as much as we possibly can about why the subject did what they did,” Rouse said.

    Rouse told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the FBI has interviewed around 400 people worldwide in connection to Paddock and has brought in the same number of specialists to help document evidence. He said the Route 91 Harvest music festival site took investigators 14 days to comb over, while Paddock’s room and hotel hallway at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino took 13. Important items found at both sites have been sent to the FBI's central lab in Virginia.

    “We’re going to have, I think, the best digital schematic of what happened and where it happened and how it happened that you can come up with,” Rouse said.

    He added that FBI investigators have 22,000 hours of surveillance and cellphone footage and 250,000 photos to look over, amounting to about 40 terabytes of data.

    “We didn’t leave anything uncovered,” Rouse told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “And again, the casinos, with their support, let us track down a lot of information of who may have had contact with that person. And it was very helpful to us.”



    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/12/2...e-may-take-until-next-october-to-release.html
     
  17. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/06/us/las-vegas-shooting-mandalay-bay-paddock/index.html

    Hotel staff interacted with Las Vegas shooter more than 10 times before massacre

    Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino staff interacted with Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock more than 10 times in the days leading up to the October 1 massacre that claimed 58 lives.

    During Paddock's stay at the hotel, room service and housekeeping "had contact with Paddock or entered his suite more than 10 times," according to a statement sent to CNN from MGM Resorts International, which owns the Nevada hotel.
    The Las Vegas Review-Journal first reported the extent of the hotel staff's interactions with the gunman.
     
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  18. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    WARNING: Click-bait title (not mine)

    Las Vegas shooter's girlfriend said she handled his ammo, helped him load magazines, unsealed docs say
    By Matt Richardson | Fox News

    The girlfriend of the Las Vegas shooter told authorities that they would likely find her fingerprints on some of Stephen Paddock’s bullets because she sometimes assisted him in loading ammunition into magazines, court documents unsealed on Friday revealed.

    There was no evidence at that time of "criminal involvement" by Marilou Danley, an Oct. 3 document showed, but it noted that investigators had not ruled out the possibility. Officials also reportedly sought the email, Facebook and Instagram accounts of Danley, who was in the Philippines during the Oct. 1 shooting.
    [....]
    Also unveiled on Friday: Emails Paddock had exchanged about buying rifles and bump stocks months before he carried out the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history....

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/01/1...ped-him-load-magazines-unsealed-docs-say.html
     
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  19. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    FBI Knew Las Vegas Mass Shooter Kept Gun Stashes, Records Show
    By KEN RITTER / AP
    11:18 AM EST


    A document released Friday said more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition and 100 pounds (45.4 kilograms) of explosive material was found in the vehicle.

    Other searches were conducted at a house the gunman owned in Reno, where agents found a red SUV and a neighbor reported that Paddock kept a safe the size of a refrigerator in the garage. Agents said their initial search found “a large quantity of ammunition and multiple firearms” on the property.

    FBI agents returned to that house on Oct. 10 after local police determined someone had broken in days earlier.

    U.S. District Judge Jennifer Dorsey allowed the government to keep one affidavit sealed pending a hearing before a Nevada state court judge on Tuesday about whether Las Vegas police search warrant documents should also be made public.

    More: http://time.com/5102282/las-vegas-shooter-kept-guns/?xid=homepage
     
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  20. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    New charges could be coming in Vegas massacre, police attorney says

    More than three months later, countless questions remain as to the motive of Las Vegas shooter, Stephen Paddock. To get more answers, petitioners from several media organizations tried Tuesday to have State District Court Judge Elissa Cadish decide to unseal Las Vegas Metropolitan Police search warrants.

    The attorney for the police, Nicholas Crosby, when arguing on the merits of the case, noted that potential charges against other people could be in the works. These new developments underscored his justification that the matter is still an ongoing investigation.

    Crosby said that no new charges are imminent, but he highlighted that charges of individuals could come in the future, and therefore the documents should remained sealed.

    Cadish decided not to release the files -- at least not right away -- giving Las Vegas police one week to further explain the need for ongoing secrecy in the matter. Cadish said she would read what's requested to be unsealed.

    Crosby's revelation came as a surprise to most in the courtroom. It was the newest information in regards to the investigation that the public seems to have garnered unwittingly by Crosby when explaining to have the warrants remained sealed. Crosby did not say who would face charges.

    Crosby, paradoxically, posited that he cannot argue the facts of the case without compromising what the police are trying to protect. He suggested having an in-camera hearing, meaning one in private.

    Maggie McLetchie, attorney for the Las Vegas Review Journal, argued on First Amendment grounds that the public has a right to know what the search warrants contain. She argued that police could say their investigation is ongoing forever to delay access. Since the case is not a criminal matter, acknowledging that the suspect Paddock is deceased, McLetchie urged for transparency.

    “Just because Mr. Paddock shot himself doesn’t mean the public doesn’t have a right to know what’s in the documents,” McLetchie said.

    Last Friday, 315 pages of federal search warrants were released to the public showing agents sought digital communications and social media accounts of Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley.

    Stephen Paddock opened fire from a Mandalay Bay hotel room and killed 58 people below attending a country music festival on October 1. Officials still have not determined a motive for the worst mass shooting in modern American history.

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/01/1...g-in-vegas-massacre-police-attorney-says.html
     

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