gag order


Definition of gag order

: a judicial ruling barring public disclosure or discussion (as by the press) of information related to a case broadly : a similar nonjudicial prohibition against the release of confidential information or against public discussion of a sensitive matter

Examples of gag order in a Sentence

The judge has issued a gag order.
Recent Examples on the Web Kemp had issued a gag order in the case to ensure a fair trial. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Contempt charge dropped against Dallas County DA John Creuzot over Amber Guyger interview," 6 Jan. 2020 Sport has issued a gag order in the case, prohibiting lawyers from speaking to the press. Mike Cason |, al, "Investigator says teen admitted shooting Lowndes County Sheriff ‘Big John’ Williams," 6 Jan. 2020 Scheinblum argued that a judge should have the option to impose a gag order after reviewing all other options. Dave Altimari,, "Supreme Court justices raise questions about gag order in Fotis Dulos case during emergency hearing," 12 Dec. 2019 Following the prosecutor's sensational press conference, the court imposed a gag order. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, "The case against Brooke Skylar Richardson," 28 Sep. 2019 Trina also imposed a gag order preventing attorneys from discussing the case with reporters. NBC News, "'Ghost Ship' warehouse fire trial verdict: One man acquitted of manslaughter, hung jury for second man," 5 Sep. 2019 Deputy District Attorney Matthew Torbenson requested the gag order last week after a reporter for NBC News contacted him requesting an interview. NBC News, "Wisconsin hospital pledges 'honest and transparent' probe of its handling of child abuse cases," 28 Jan. 2020 In a court filing, Wice and Wilson wrote that Kemp’s gag order didn’t prohibit all public statements — just those that the person making the statement knew could affect the outcome of the trial. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Contempt charge dropped against Dallas County DA John Creuzot over Amber Guyger interview," 6 Jan. 2020 Sowers continued: The gag order went well beyond Boeing. Howard Bloom, Quartz, "The best way to make a profit as an aerospace company is to fail," 13 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of gag order

1906, in the meaning defined above

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“Gag order.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gag order

chiefly US, law : an order by a judge or court saying that the people involved in a legal case cannot talk about the case or anything related to it in public

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see order sense 3b

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