Nashville Media Wants Tennessee Star Prosecuted For Scooping Them On Shooter Story

Late Monday, Michael Patrick Leahy, the editor-in chief of The Tennessee Star, was ordered to appear at a show cause hearing before Tennessee Chancery Court Judge L’Ashea Myles on June 17 over his publication’s reporting about the writings left by Covenant School killer Audrey Hale after her devastating attack on the Covenant School on March 27, 2023 that claimed the lives of three 9-year-old children and three adults.

The purpose of the show cause hearing will be “to determine why the alleged publication of certain purported documents by Petitioners Star Digital Media [sic] and Michael Leahy, as the Editor-in-Chief, does not violate the Orders of this Court subjecting them to contempt proceedings and sanctions.”

The Star reported last Wednesday it has obtained 80 pages of Hale’s writings from a journal left in her vehicle and discovered by the Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) on March 27, 2023. Those pages are found on 40 photographic images, or documents, each of which contains two pages of Hale’s journal. The Star has subsequently published numerous articles based in part on some of the information found in those 40 photographic images of 80 pages, but it has not published a single one of those photographic images, or documents.