Los Angeles Coalition for Justice for Oscar Grant

Burris banned from talking to the media; defense wins another motion in Mehserle murder case

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2010 at 10:47 pm

LOS ANGELES — Attorney John Burris will not be a witness in the murder trial against former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle, but he was banned from talking to the media about the case, a judge decided Tuesday.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Perry said Burris should be under a gag order in the case because he represents people who will be called to testify and his statements outside of court could create a “sideshow” to the criminal proceedings.

“I really don’t think he should be out there talking to the press,” Perry said. “The last thing I want is issues of public pronouncements that might impact the jury. We are trying to avoid sideshows in this trial.”



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