Judge won’t release tape

Published 12:49 am Friday, July 3, 2009

MIAMI (AP) — A judge refused Thursday to release surveillance video depicting the moment a car driven by Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth struck and killed a pedestrian in a drunk-driving crash.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Dennis Murphy said the privacy interests of the family of victim Mario Reyes outweighed the public’s right to view the video. Several news organizations, including The Associated Press, made public records requests seeking release of the video.

‘‘This is akin to autopsy photographs,’’ Murphy said at a hearing, adding that the video would remain sealed ‘‘for the foreseeable future as far as I’m concerned.’’