Those craving  the lurid details of grisly crimes must be salivating at the prospect of the publication ban being lifted in the sad case of the Tori Stafford murder.

Although routinely imposed at the preliminary stages of court proceedings in order to prevent potential jurors from pre-judging highly publicized cases such bans are rare at the trial stage. One simple reason for it may be to prevent unfairness toward the co-accused who is to be tried later; another is that as in the infamous Bernardo case publishing the details of the murder would cause undue stress to the family of the victim and offend public morals.