Judge clears way for release of more Pulse calls

Law enforcement officials work at the scene of the Pulse Orlando nightclub following a fatal shooting Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Fla.
Law enforcement officials work at the scene of the Pulse Orlando nightclub following a fatal shooting Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Fla.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – A judge has cleared the way for the release of many of the hundreds of 911 calls related to a mass shooting at a gay Florida nightclub.

Circuit Judge Margaret Schreiber on Monday dismissed a lawsuit from the city of Orlando that tried to stop the release. The city argued that the calls were exempt from the state’s public records law.

Two dozen media groups sued the city for the records in the days after Omar Mateen opened fire at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Forty-nine patrons were killed and 53 others were hospitalized.

Despite the judge’s ruling, 911 calls depicting Pulse patrons being killed are still prohibited under Florida law from being made public.

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