Ultimately, the judge said he has no authority to order any specific conditions of Chism’s custody. “My recommendation has absolutely no legal weight,” said Whitehead. “I just think it’s beyond my authority to take action.”
The judge redacted a section of the petition that refers to statements allegedly made by Chism, as well as a preliminary diagnosis, at the request of his attorney. Whitehead agreed that Chism’s privacy interest and right to a fair trial outweigh the public’s interest in those details.