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Santa Barbara newspaper’s photos subpoenaed in murder case

A Southern California newspaper has received subpoenas for photos taken after the stabbing death of a 15-year-old boy in a gang brawl.

The Santa Barbara Daily Sound’s publisher, Jeramy Gordon, said he, a co-publisher and a staff photographer were named in subpoenas issued Monday and Friday by a county public defender.

The subpoenas seek photos taken by the newspaper on March 14 after Luis Angel Linares was killed during a daytime brawl on downtown’s State Street.

The newspaper has twice published photos showing a 14-year-old in handcuffs. The teen has since been charged with Linares’ murder.

The photos will “show people and circumstances not recorded in other media and will therefore assist in preparation” of the teen’s defense, Deputy Public Defender Karen Atkins wrote in an affidavit.

Gordon said the newspaper will not release the images.

“This isn’t just about photos,” Gordon said. “If we can’t protect our sources, then we can never consider ourselves a reliable news source.”

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