FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts judge on Friday said she found no ethical violations by prosecutors in the Aaron Hernandez murder case, after defense lawyers accused the state of allowing leaks and prejudicial out-of-court statements.
However, Judge Susan Garsh ruled to impose a formal gag order, which Hernandez' lawyers had asked for, in order to protect the former New England Patriot's right to a fair trial.
They claimed the prosecution orchestrated a "publicity stunt" last year when Miami Dolphin Michael Pouncey was served with a subpoena related to the case after a game at Gillette Stadium. Prosecutors denied that and say they've leaked nothing.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the murder of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd, who was shot to death last year.
Garsh's order, entered Thursday, demands both sides take "reasonable precautions" against prejudicial disclosures and says prosecutors must investigate any reports of leaks.
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