Judge John Cleland wants defense attorneys, prosecutors and investigators involved in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case to stop talking to the press.
The former Penn State assistant football coach is on trial for allegedly sexually abusing 10 boys between 1994 and 2009. He faces seven counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, along with multiple counts of unlawful contact with a minor, endangering the welfare of a child, indecent assault and several other charges.
The gag order issued Monday stops attorneys and investigators from speaking publicly about the defendant’s guilt and innocence, evidence in the case, and the reputation or credibility of the defendant or any witness.
In his order, Cleland justifies his restrictions by saying, “The Court having determined that conducting a fair impartial and orderly trial that will protect the rights of both the Commonwealth and the Defendant will be enhanced by the entry of this order.”