by Elyssa Cherry
The lawsuits over 911 calls and the Pulse gunman’s conversations with hostage negotiators are heading to federal court after the City of Orlando named the Department of Justice as a defendant in the consolidated case.
That means two hearings that were supposed to take place this week in Orange County Circuit Court, including one Tuesday afternoon, are postponed. The DOJ filed a notice transferring the matter, asserting federal jurisdiction.
Carol LoCicero, who is representing the media companies, said she will likely move to return the case to state court because the issue in question, Florida’s public records, emanates from specific state laws.
“What’s a little more disturbing and disappointing is that we’ve been trying to work this out with the city for a long time and the court cleared its calendar,” she said. “I think this is about delay, delay, delay.
It’s unclear when the next hearing will be. [READ MORE]