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Miss. high court rules WDAM can air video

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled that a Hattiesburg television station can't be barred from broadcasting video that allegedly shows guards abusing juveniles at a youth detention center.

On Jan. 11, Youth Court Judge Mike McPhail barred WDAM-TV from airing the video because he said it would jeopardize the juveniles' privacy.

But the state's highest court on Thursday vacated the judge's order.

The Associated Press was one of roughly three dozen news organizations and media trade groups that joined WDAM in challenging McPhail's ruling.

WDAM argued it has a First Amendment right to broadcast the video shot at the Forrest County Juvenile Detention Center.

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