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Law’s Andrew Geronimo explains how gag orders may restrict the right to a fair trial

Judge rejects Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s request for gag order against man whose 1989 murder conviction was overturned Andrew Geronimo, lecturer of law and director of the First Amendment Clinic, said that gag orders are rare, and should be one of the last means taken to allay one side’s concern about receiving a fair trial. In cases where gag orders are sought, he said, it’s usually the defense asking to bar the prosecutor’s office from making public statements about a person’s guilt, and not a prosecutor’s office seeking to keep the defendant from being able to profess his innocence or question the motive of the prosecution.