Judge won’t lock public out of Stoneman Douglas pretrial hearings

Judge Elizabeth Scherer presides over a pre-trial hearing at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, on four criminal counts stemming from Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz’s alleged attack on a Broward jail guard in November 2018. Cruz is accused of punching Sgt. Ray Beltran, wrestling him to the ground and taking his stun gun. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, Pool) (Amy Beth Bennett/AP)