Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Judge Walton Issues Gag Order in Clemens Perjury Case

Roger Clemens tweeted his innocence after being indicted on perjury charges. His lawyer Rusty Hardin held a news conference proclaiming Clemens' innocence. Brian McNamee, a key witness, has spoken to various news outlets.

U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton has said enough is enough - the Court needs to try and preserve the impartiality of the jurors when appointed. These statements aren't helping.

Judge Walton has therefore issued a gag order that prevents Roger Clemens, potential witnesses and lawyers "from making any future statements about this case to the media or in a public setting outside the courtroom that are substantially likely to have a materially prejudicial effect on this case."

Judge Walton also wrote,

"There has already been extensive media coverage about the case fueled, at least in part, by the comments made by the defendant, the defendant's counsel and individuals who presumably will be witnesses if the this case proceeds to trial. To issue public comments to the media that, whether intentional or not, may affect the ability of the court to empanel an impartial jury (and to maintain the jury's impartiality throughout the trial if one is empaneled) the undersigned member of the court will not tolerate such behavior from anyone."

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