Judge rules Rousso evidence won’t be released until trial
Updated: October 30, 2012 9:21PM
Evidence such as video surveillance and police reports from the fatal accident that took the life of a Highland Park 5-year-old on Labor Day will not be released to the public or the media until after the woman charged undergoes trial thanks to an order a Lake County judge signed Thursday.
Carly Rousso’s case was up for a pretrial hearing before Circuit Judge James Booras. At the hearing, Assistant State’s Attorney Ken LaRue asked the judge to sign a protective order barring the release of evidence in the case to the public.
“We’re just ensuring she gets a fair trial,” LaRue said.
Defense attorney Doug Zeit had no objection to the order and Booras signed the order. Thursday’s order is an extension of the judicial order already on file in Rousso’s case. The Sept. 17 order prohibits the release of “reports, videos and any other documents or photographs related to” the Rousso case. Highland Park Police Department, Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team and Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office are prohibited from disclosing information to “outside parties,” the Sept. 17 order states.
Rousso has pleaded not guilty to reckless homicide and aggravated DUI charges for the death of Jaclyn Santos, 5. Authorities allege that Rousso, 18, was under the influence of difluorethane when she drove onto a sidewalk in Highland Park and ran over Jacklyn.
The Santos family is seeking damages in excess of $50,000 against Rousso in a wrongful death lawsuit pending in Lake County. A similar protective order barring the release of evidence is in place in the wrongful death lawsuit.
Rousso is due back in court Dec. 13. Her trial is scheduled for Feb. 1.
She is free from custody on 10 percent of $500,000 bond.