#AUDIO: “There’s an article on Scoop: Nashville about an arrest that happened back in 2020 … by the article being up in would be in violation of his [client’s] constitutional right to a fair trial… I’ll take it up with the judge, and if I need to, get an order to have it taken down”… those are the words spoken by Nashville Public Defender Kevin Coker as he called Scoop: Nashville owner, Jason Steen. A recording of the phone call is included in the story.
Attorney Kevin Coker with the Nashville Public Defenders Office made a phone call to Scoop: Nashville Monday, during which he stated that reporting a news story on his client violated his defendant’s right to a fair trial and he would have a Nashville judge order us to remove the article if we didn’t remove it. Not believing any actual adult with a law degree would say any combination of words in a serious manner, we double-checked with him, and he stood by his stance and said he’d plead his case to a local judge. The administration for the Public Defender’s office did not respond to comments prior to publication.
The article he claims to be able to have a judge order us to remove is below, written by one of our reporters in 2020: