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Eli Segal, an associate with Pepper Hamilton, was quoted in the article, "N.J. Judge Holds Hearing in Press Censorship Case" which was posted on NorthJersey.com on January 20, 2017 and printed in The Record on January 21, 2017.
Eli Segal of the law firm Pepper Hamilton argued for the Trentonian that censoring the press is more serious than a criminal penalty because it “doesn’t just chill speech; it freezes it altogether.”
“Prior restraints on speech and publication are the most serious and least tolerable infringement on First Amendment rights,” Segal said, quoting from the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1976 decision in Nebraska Press Association v. Stuart.
Segal cited the Pentagon Papers case during the hearing and argued that the Trenton child-abuse case continued to be worth the public’s attention. New Jersey state officials had not cleared the very high bar required by the U.S. Supreme Court for censorship of the press, he said.
“There is still a story to be told here,” Segal said.
Segal and Bruce Rosen, Avilucea’s attorney at the law firm McCusker, Anselmi, Rosen and Carvelli, said the reporter did not obtain the complaint illegally.