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April 20, 2001 | From Associated Press
Upset with news reports about secret FBI recordings, a judge imposed a gag order Thursday on attorneys in the trial of a 1963 church bombing that killed four black girls. "I felt like we need to try this case in the courtroom and not in the news media," Circuit Judge James Garrett said. The order came after defense lawyer John Robbins said news reports about secret recordings of his client, Thomas Blanton Jr., had tainted the jury pool and warranted a mistrial.
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NEWS
July 8, 1995 | Associated Press
A judge refused Friday to lift a gag order that bars officials from discussing the case of a Navy petty officer charged with kidnaping and murdering an 8-year-old girl. Kings County Municipal Judge Ronald Maciel had been asked by three area newspapers to lift the gag order. Maciel said he found no grounds not to continue his order, which keeps prosecutors, defense attorneys and other court personnel from discussing the case with reporters.
NEWS
December 7, 1996 | From Associated Press
Attorneys asked for a gag order Friday to stop the Army from talking about charges against a captain and two drill sergeants charged with raping female recruits and other offenses. Statements made by Army Secretary Togo West Jr. and other high-ranking officials are ruining the suspects' chances of a fair trial, said military lawyer Capt. Vincent Avallone. His client, Staff Sgt. Nathanael Beach, and two other instructors--Staff Sgt. Delmar Simpson and Capt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2000
Agreeing with a defense lawyer and the American Civil Liberties Union, a judge has reversed himself and lifted a gag order he had imposed in the case of Marie Elise West, the woman accused of the hate-crime slaying of an elderly Latino man she ran over with her car near a bagel shop. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael S. Luros issued the order preventing all parties in the case from discussing it outside of court, including with the media.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2007 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
A judge Monday denied a prosecution request for a gag order in the murder trial of Jesse James Hollywood, ruling that intensive publicity -- including a recent feature film -- has not been "unduly prejudicial." In a brief hearing, Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Brian Hill turned down a motion that would have prevented attorneys on both sides from speaking substantively about the case outside of court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2003 | From Associated Press
The judge in the Laci Peterson murder case issued a gag order Thursday, barring lawyers, witnesses and police officers from discussing the case. Judge Al Girolami said he had considered less restrictive options, but thought the so-called protective order was the only way to stop evidence leaks from derailing Scott Peterson's right to a fair trial.
NATIONAL
October 3, 2006 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
In a setback for lawyer and TV commentator Gloria Allred, the Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a free-speech challenge to the increasingly common practice of judges issuing "gag orders" for all the lawyers in highly publicized criminal cases. The order turning down Allred's appeal came on an unusually quiet first day of the court's fall session. By law, the justices open their term on the first Monday of October.
NEWS
June 12, 1994 | Associated Press
John Gotti's lawyer was sentenced Friday to 90 days under house arrest for talking to reporters during the mob boss's 1991 trial. U.S. District Judge Thomas Platt also fined Bruce Cutler $5,000, barred him from the state's Eastern District courts for six months, ordered him to perform 600 hours of community service and placed him on probation for three years. Cutler could have been sentenced to six months in jail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1996 | From Times staff and wire reports
An Orange County judge Wednesday imposed a gag order in a battle between O.J. Simpson and his former in-laws for custody of his two children. Lawyers for both sides declined to say what, if any, resolution had been reached in the case in which Simpson is trying to regain full custody of the children he had with his slain ex-wife. Attorney Saul Gelbart, who is representing Nicole Brown's parents, Louis and Juditha Brown, said no one in the courtroom objected to Commissioner Thomas H.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Santa Barbara County district attorney did not violate a gag order in the Michael Jackson case when he spoke last month at a prosecutors conference in Canada, a judge ruled Monday. According to a Canadian newspaper, Dist. Atty. Tom Sneddon said he sent warning letters to potential witnesses in the Jackson child molestation case to keep them from talking to the media. However, the veteran prosecutor never said any such thing, Deputy Dist. Atty. Gordon Auchincloss argued in court Monday.
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