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Gag Order Lifted In Laurean Case

A superior court judge has lifted a gag order he just imposed just two weeks ago in the Cesar Laurean case.

Judge Charles Henry said he wanted to ensure the Camp Lejeune Marine get a fair trial for the murder of Maria Lauterbach, but the judge says his original order didn't meet constitutional standards.

Henry says an "order prohibiting participants from speaking to the press during a court case is a form of "prior restraint" and is unconstitutional violating the first amendment".

The judge says in order for him to issue a gag order the court order a clear threat to fairness of trial.

Laurean is accused of killing Lauterbach and burying her body in the backyard of his Jacksonville home.

He is due back in court May 18th.


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