Gag Order

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The judge in Kobe Bryant's sexual assault case has suddenly eased the sweeping restrictions he imposed on people with a gag order earlier this month.

District Judge Terry Ruckriegle (RUCK'-ree-gull) issued an order August Fourth barring comment to reporters by anybody connected with the case. The order also applied to anyone who shared offices with such a person.

Attorneys for the alleged victim and news organizations, as well as prosecutors and an Eagle lawyer filed objections to the order.

A new gag order made public today says Ruckriegle believes he still has to limit out-of-court speech by lawyers, law enforcement officers and witnesses to help ensure a fair trial.

But the new order permits comment to reporters in some circumstances.