On Tuesday the Placer County District Attorney filed a motion asking for a gag order in the Roseville Galleria arson case. The motion has not yet been heard by the judge but the order has already seen an adverse reaction. Yesterday Roseville officials said they will hold off releasing a report analyzing the police and fire response to the October fire in response.
Megan MacPherson, Roseville city spokesperson said, “the city attorney is confident that the public interest in preserving the viability of the prosecution’s case and protecting the suspect’s right to receive a fair trial outweigh the public interest in disclosure of the drafts right now,”
The fire, which authorities allege was set by Alexander Piggee, erupted into a huge blaze and major news story across the country as fire crews observed from a distance. City officials later confirmed the building’s sprinkler system was shut off at some point during the incident. Why? We have no idea. The upcoming report is expected to answer all the questions in Roseville resident’s minds.
According to the proposed gag order; counsel, counsel employees, expert witnesses as well as Roseville Police and Fire Department employees would be barred from talking about the case (except for to notify the public of upcoming trial dates).
Johnny Griffin III, Piggee’s lawyer, will oppose the motion.