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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.
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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.
NEWS
February 7, 1996 | From Associated Press
The trial of the man accused of killing 12-year-old Polly Klaas took a big step forward Tuesday as the new judge in the case decided to adopt preliminary rulings made by his predecessor, including a gag order that prohibits participants from talking about evidence. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Thomas Hastings said there was no need to redo the work of Sonoma County Judge Lawrence Antolini. "It would serve no purpose . . . to re-litigate what has already been decided," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 1996 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A slew of news organizations, print and broadcast, united Friday to file legal papers asking that the broad gag order in the wrongful death case against O.J. Simpson be lifted. Contending that the gag order imposed Aug. 13 by Superior Court Judge Hiroshi Fujisaki "flies in the face of the constitutional presumption in favor of public access to court proceedings," the news groups asked the 2nd District Court of Appeal to set aside the ban. With the civil case due to begin Sept.
NEWS
July 18, 1998 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush and Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren are seeking a gag order to prevent a court's special master from talking to the news media about the state Insurance Department's handling of consumer complaints. In a court filing, Lungren, acting for Quackenbush, has accused the special master, attorney Ray Bourhis, of issuing a report "which in truth is a biased, one-sided diatribe which ignores or distorts every fact inconvenient to his political agenda."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 1997 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court judge, in the wake of repeated disclosures about evidence against the accused killer of Ennis Cosby, issued an order Friday barring attorneys from making any statements relating to facts in the case. Defense lawyers said Judge John Reid issued his gag order during a closed-door hearing. The order was not put in writing.
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October 15, 2006 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Marine Corps has threatened to punish two members of the military legal team representing a terrorism suspect being held at Guantanamo Bay if they continue to speak publicly about reported prisoner abuse, a civilian lawyer from the defense team said Saturday. The action directed at Lt. Col. Colby Vokey and Sgt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1993 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The federal judge presiding over the case of four police officers charged with violating Rodney G. King's civil rights imposed a gag order on a defense lawyer Thursday, barring the attorney from publicly discussing matters that involve the jury and from criticizing the motives of prosecutors in the case. In a sharply worded three-page order, U.S. District Judge John G. Davies criticized public statements by Harland W. Braun, the lawyer for Officer Thedore J. Briseno.
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