DELPHI, Ind. — Individuals close to the Delphi case will not be able to speak out at least until after a hearing in January.
Judge Frances Gull on Friday issued an order granting the state’s request for a gag order in the Richard Allen case. The move comes after the prosecutor in the case requested the filing of a grand gag order that would bar Allen, all attorneys associated with the case, law enforcement, court officials, the coroner and even family members from “making extrajudicial statements.” means of public communication”.
The gag order will be in effect pending a Jan. 13 hearing. At that point, Judge Gull previously said she would review the application. On that day, she will also consider another application in the case.
Allen’s defense asked Judge Gull for a change of venue, citing “wide media attention” and the “wide publicity” of the case as reasons for moving the trial 150 miles away to “reduce the likelihood of getting a tainted jury pool.” ”
Violations of the muzzle are punishable as contempt of court and result in a fine or even imprisonment.
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