Prosecutor ordered to pay Ohio newspaper $25K in legal fees

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio prosecutor has been ordered to pay more than $25,000 to a newspaper for its legal costs in challenging his decision to withhold a 911 dispatcher’s recorded call to a murder suspect.

The Cincinnati Enquirer ( ) reports Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser (MOH’-zur) must pay the newspaper the fees after the state Supreme Court ruled that his office “stymied a significant public benefit” by withholding the recordings. The order was issued last week.

The decision stems from the case of Michael Ray, who was convicted of killing his stepfather in 2012.

The county sheriff’s office released an incoming 911 call, but Gmoser denied a request for a recording of an outgoing call a dispatcher made to the home.

A message seeking comment was left Thursday for Gmoser.


Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer,