Forsyth County prosecutors asked a judge Friday to prevent state records on the death of Forsyth County jail inmate John Neville from being released to The News & Observer.
The N&O was not notified ahead of time about the request for the temporary restraining order.
The records belong to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, not the prosecution. Prosecutors did invite a state agency and the case’s defendants to be involved in getting the public documents sealed.
“I would say that it is peculiar that there are court proceedings going on about public records requests my clients made without the involvement of my clients or me,” said Mike Tadych, attorney for The N&O.