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Court overturns order to withhold ID of 17-year-old

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that a judge cannot prevent publication of information about a teen-ager charged with killing a 15-year-old.

The court, without comment, on Friday overturned an order barring the news media from releasing the name of Deshon Prince, 17, of Garfield Heights, printing his picture, or identifying witnesses in his case.

That order also made public the hearings that will determine if he should be tried as an adult.

Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court Judge Janet Burney, who issued the order, rescinded it one day before the court made its ruling.

After permitting publication of information about Prince, Burney on Thursday asked the court to dismiss The Plain Dealer's request to overturn her original order, saying the request was moot since that order no longer was in effect.

The newspaper told the Supreme Court that it considered Burney's original order to be an unconditional restraint on the freedom to decide what to publish.

Prince and two 18-year-olds from Cleveland, Damario Hammond and Tracy Berry, have been charged in the beating death of Andy Lauderdale on April 6 outside a bus shelter on Cleveland's east side.

"The ruling is good news for the citizens of Ohio," said Tom O'Hara, The Plain Dealer's managing editor. "Democracy works best when government officials do the governing and editors do the editing."

Prince's lawyer, Russell Tye, did not return calls for comment.

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