Prosecutors asked a Miami federal judge Thursday to investigate how a South Florida television station obtained a government video of an alleged ringleader of the “Miami Seven” discussing possible terrorist attacks on high-profile buildings. The government made its request one day after U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard refused a defense attorney’s attempt to block WFOR-TV from broadcasting portions of the video for a news story late Wednesday. In court papers, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jacqueline M. Arango and Richard E. Getchell said the videos were supposed to be part of a sealed record. They asked the judge to conduct a hearing to determine whether a sealing violation had occurred. ***
After learning of the television station’s plans to air portions of the videos Wednesday night, Batiste’s attorney, Ana Jhones of Miami, filed a request for a temporary injunction to prevent the broadcast. “The extent of the discovery obtained is unknown; however, undersigned counsel learned that CBS News obtained all of the video and perhaps some of the audio that have been generated by the government in this case,” Jhones said in her motion. “Undersigned counsel is unsure as to how CBS News obtained this discovery, which is not a matter of public record.” Jhones did not return calls seeking comment before deadline Thursday. None of the other defense attorneys joined in Jhones’ request. Miami criminal defense attorney Gregory Prebish declined to say whether Jhones asked him to join the request to keep the video off the air. Prebish, who represents Augustin, said he is angry that the TV station aired the tapes, particularly since he says the defense attorneys haven’t received all the tapes and discovery yet. The reason: The lawyers, all government-appointed, have not gotten approval to buy the tapes and cannot afford them. “We don’t even have these tapes yet, due to budgetary problems,” said Prebish. “The costs of the tapes are exorbitant.” He declined to state the exact cost. Brian Andrews, a reporter for the station, obtained dozens of discs which contain surveillance video made by federal undercover agents during their investigations.