Judge forbids publication of Susan Powell's journals

Judge forbids publication of Susan Powell's journals
Susan Powell
TACOMA, Wash. - A judge on Friday issued a preliminary injuction forbidding the husband and father-in-law of missing mom Susan Cox Powell from publishing any material from her journals and to return or destroy any journals already published.

The judge issued the injunction about a month after a temporary restraining order banned the publication of Susan Powell's journals or diaries.

The injunction, issued in Pierce County Superior Court, orders the husband, Josh Powell, and his father, Steven Powell, not to publish any entries from Susan's private journal.

Any material already published must be returned or destroyed, according to the injunction.

Under the earlier restraining order, the husband and father-in-law were required to "immediately remove" Susan's journal entries from their website, SusanPowell.org, and from any other public forum where the entries are posted. They also are prohibited from giving copies of the journal to the press.

The injunction banning publication of Susan Powell's journals was requested by Susan's father and mother, Chuck and Judy Cox, through their attorney, Anne M. Bremner.

Susan's private journal, which covers the period of her teen years, has been in the possession of Josh and Steven Powell. The two have claimed in recent interviews that the journal entries, which number about 2,000 pages, show Susan was suicidal in her younger years.

But Bremner argued earlier that the journals have absolutely no bearing on the missing person case.

"Susan was a teenager with these journals. It doesn't show anything," she said after the restraining order was issued. "She was a good wife and a good mother who would have never left her children."

She said Josh and Steven Powell have given copies of journal entries to the media, but they no longer can do that.

A copy was given to KOMO News, which made the decision not to publish or broadcast any material from Susan's private journals.

The injunction was issued the day after Steven Powell, 61, was arrested and charged with voyeurism and one count of child pornography.

Prosecutors say the 14 counts of voyeurism and one count of child pornography are not related to the disappearance of Susan Powell, but the evidence was seized during a recent police search of the home where Steve and his son Josh Powell live.

Several computers, digital media, recordings and photographs seized from Steve's bedroom contained "thousands of images of females being videotaped without their knowledge, including Susan Powell," according to court documents.

Susan Powell, a native of Puyallup who later moved to Utah, was 28 when she was reported missing after she failed to show up for her stockbroker job in December 2009.

Her husband, Josh Powell, said he last saw his wife before he left with their two boys, ages 2 and 4, to go on a midnight camping trip in freezing temperatures on the Pony Express Trail, about 80 miles west of Salt Lake City.

Police have said that Josh is the only person of interest in the case, although he's never been arrested or charged. Josh moved back to Puyallup with his young sons after Susan disappeared.