After Duke’s arrest, Ricketson thanked the media for the amount of coverage the case has been given over the years. Now, reporters are struggling for details — even information that is typically public record.
One legal expert said the order was unusual in its scope.
“It’s over-broad,” Augusta attorney David Hudson said Thursday.
A better option would be to move the trial, said Hudson, who has represented newspapers in central and south Georgia. It isn’t known whether a hearing was held before the Grinstead gag order was signed, but hearings were held in prior cases, he said. Plus, lawyers are already ethically bound not to discuss case specifics.
“The cases say if you try to gag anyone else, you have to have a hearing and have specific findings and show it’s necessary to do it,” Hudson said.
The gag order can be challenged, Hudson said, and the orders can be modified or dropped.