Quebec Superior Court Judge Guy Cournoyer has denied a request for a total publication ban on the upcoming trial of Luka Magnotta in connection with the killing and dismembering of Concordia University student Jun Lin in a Montreal apartment in May 2012.
Cournoyer said the motion by Magnotta's lawyer for a publication ban covering pre-trial hearings and the trial itself was unprecedented.
However, specific elements of the trial could still come under a publication ban.
Magnotta faces charges including first-degree murder, committing an indignity to a human body, posting obscene material, mailing obscene material and criminal harassment of Stephen Harper and other members of Parliament.
The 31-year-old has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.
His trial is scheduled to begin in September 2014.
Magnotta was the focus of an international manhunt in the weeks following the discovery of Lin’s dismembered corpse.
He was arrested in a Berlin cybercafé in June 2012 after an employee recognized him and called police.