Judge: No news blackout needed in dragging death case

By: AP
By: AP

A judge is denying a defense request for a blanket gag order in the case of a woman dragged to death -- but he ordered all court and law enforcement workers to abide by the existing rules of conduct.
Public defender Tamara Brady today asked for a news blackout in the first-degree murder case against Jose Luis Rubi-Nava, arguing that nationwide coverage could hurt her client's right to a fair trial.
Brady cited a speech Republican Representative Tom Tancredo of Colorado on the floor of the U.S. House, during which he railed about the porous border between the United States and Mexico.
Prosecutor Darren Vahle says the Douglas County sheriff's office will limit its comments to those made through a spokeswoman, and approved by the district attorney's office.
Judge Paul King extended existing rules on pretrial publicity to all court employees, but said no additional order was required.
Rubi-Nava appeared in court in a red jail uniform, handcuffed with hands shackled to a chain around his waist and a chain linking cuffs around his ankles. He did not speak, but listened to the proceedings through an interpreter.
He's due back in court November First.

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