Jurors have commonly used gag orders in high-profile cases, such as Idaho student killings. Media organizations and the victim’s family came to an Idaho court to challenge the Gag orders decided by the court.
Gag orders will limit the information released to the public and what persons involved in the case can or cannot say.
Gag orders are one of the strategies of judges to eliminate jury bias. Gag orders could move the trial to another venue and create a judge questionnaire.
Gag orders have commonly been used in high-profile cases that gathered significant public attention.
Idaho student killing case is one of the cases with gag orders
Bryan Kohberger, the suspect in an Idaho student case, was arrested in December. After a week, defense lawyers and prosecution jointly agreed on the gag orders ruled by the judge.
On January 3, the gag orders were released and stated that those involved in the Idaho student killing cases, such as law enforcement personnel, media, and prosecutors, are prohibited from extra-judicial statements. On January 18, the gag orders were amended and included defense lawyers to be restricted.
The gag orders will preserve the right to a fair trial which is necessary and authorized under the Constitution. Last Friday, Judge John said he would reconsider the arguments and requests to lift the gag orders.