Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter says his office will appeal the gag order recently issued in the Aaron Hernandez murder case. The order prevents any discussion of the case outside the courtroom. Sutter says he’s never seen anything like this order in his 30 years of practicing in the criminal justice system.
“Essentially, I can’t say anything about the case,” Sutter says. “To me, that’s unacceptable, because the public has a right to know.”
The defense accused the prosecution of orchestrating a “publicity stunt” in the fall when Mike Pouncey of the Miami Dolphins was served with a subpoena after a game at Gillette Stadium, and Sports Illustrated somehow knew about it in advance. Sutter has denied any leaks from his office, despite stories that are attributed to “a law enforcement source” or a “law enforcement official not authorized to speak about the case,” according to the order. Hernandez’s lawyers say too much publicity could lead to a biased jury, violating Hernandez’s right to a fair trial.
Listen to Steve Burns’ full interview with Sutter: