The judge overseeing the murder case in Bristol County against former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez refused to modify her gag order Tuesday, concluding that changes sought by District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter are unwarranted.
In a three-page order, Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh said her extensive gag order relies on existing ethical rules for lawyers and prosecutors and does not unduly burden Sutter and his prosecution team.
“The Commonwealth has not made a credible showing that any of the required steps are beyond its power to implement or unduly burdensome,” Garsh wrote.
Tuesday’s ruling by Garsh does not end the skirmishing between Sutter and the trial judge, whom prosecutors tried unsuccessfully to have removed from all five Superior Court criminal cases stemming from Hernandez’s alleged role in the killing last year of Odin L. Lloyd in North Attleborough.
Hernandez, who is being held without bail at the Bristol County jail, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and illegal gun charges.
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