Why has judge sealed case file of teens accused of Colo. school shooting?

Why has judge sealed case file of teens accused of Colo. school shooting?
Colorado school shooter Devon Erickson. CBS 4 Denver video

Like every other school shooting, the tragedy at the STEM School Highlands Ranch began as what in John Nolte’s words “our media would normally call a Narrative Bonanza, the kind of story that hooks viewers and keeps them tuning in to see how it all ends.”

But then the details about the gunmen began to emerge and they raised a red flag for the media. It was revealed that Devon Erickson was anti-Trump and anti-Christian and had decorated his car with Satanic symbols — not quite the Bible-thumping pro-lifer the Left prefers to see in its shooters. Not did Alec McKinney fit the mold. He is transitioning from a female to a male (he appears on the court docket as “Maya,” which is the name on his birth certificate) and is the son of a twice-deported Mexican illegal alien with history of domestic violence.

The idea that the media would abandon a news story because it had lost its “exploitation” value is bad enough. But what explains the decision of Douglas (Colo.) County District Judge Theresa Slade, who on Wednesday sealed the charges and entire case file, banning the public from viewing it? Reuters devotes only a sentence to the curious ruling.

According to Ballotpedia, Slade was appointed by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat. Was her decision driven by politics?

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."