The attorney for Capt. James Jensen—who faces up to 11 years in prison if convicted on charges of falsifying gun range tests and residency documents for concealed weapon permit holders—now wants to get the cow back into the barn, which ain’t gonna happen.
Lawyer Harry Stern filed a motion this week to seal the grand jury transcripts.
He claims, without citing evidence, that the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office leaked the material to Metro Silicon Valley and its digital news channel, San Jose Inside.
“It is as if the San Jose Inside was given an all-access backstage pass,” Stern flatteringly wrote about our news gathering amazingness. We wish all attorneys had a degree in English Literature, as Stern does, and could turn a phrase that well.
In arguing to remove DA Jeff Rosen’s office from prosecuting Jensen and three others accused of participating in a bribery conspiracy, Stern directs low blows towards prosecutors but takes the high road on first amendment issues.
“Defense counsel supports a free and independent press; our quarrel is not with the media,” he wrote in the 14-page filing.
Metro and San Jose Inside won’t be discussing who did or didn’t provide the documents as it’s our strict policy to protect confidential sources.