Charlo Greene, the WOWK reporter covering the case of Jared Marcum, the West Virginia boy arrested over a pro-NRA t-shirt, said Monday she was thrown out of the Logan County Courthouse and threatened with arrest before she could present a petition opposing an emergency gag order requested by prosecutors Christopher White and Sabrina Deskins.
Greene told Examiner that Marcum was not due back in court for a couple weeks.
“We were here because the prosecution filed a motion for a gag order,” said Ben White, Marcum’s attorney. “My opinion is because, seemingly, they want to take it out of the court of public opinion.”
Greene reported Monday that prosecutors hoped to bar Marcum, his father and his lawyer from speaking to the press, claiming the ban would serve Marcum’s better interest. Greene said that Allen Lardieri, Marcum’s father, found the claim ironic.
“It was for Jared’s better interest is what I was told, which seems to be a bit odd to me,” he said. “These are the same individuals that are trying to prosecute him, so as far as them knowing what is in his better interest, I have a lot of questions about that.”
Greene, the reporter who first broke the story, became part of it when she prepared a petition on behalf of her station and a free press.