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.

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The money became a subject of intense scrutiny in the lead-up to the governor’s trial, and Watkins became a witness under gag order until the case’s dismissal Monday. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "St. Louis lawyer reveals more details about mysterious $100,000 in cash | The Kansas City Star," 15 May 2018 Gibson opposed the gag order, but out of caution, Hopkins canceled a photo appointment with The Enquirer. Anne Saker,, "Mason man starts with knee replacement, ends up with amputated leg," 9 May 2018 Representatives of Smithfield and the plaintiffs declined to comment, citing a gag order. Valerie Bauerlein, WSJ, "Pork Giant Loses Essential Legal Battle in Manure Case," 29 June 2018 When the hospital’s chief of staff questioned the unexcused absence of the department, VA officials reassigned her and imposed a gag order on her. Anne Saker,, "Cincinnati VA turmoil: 3 patients sent elsewhere when surgery department closed for 4 days," 11 June 2018 Pharmacy benefit managers also said gag orders are not typical. Kaiser Health News,, "Want lower Medicare prescription drug costs? Ask for the cash price," 31 May 2018 The website created by Manafort’s associates also doubles as a public relations arm for the defendant whose legal team is bound by a strict gag order by a federal judge overseeing one of the two criminal cases lodged against him. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "Legal defense fund launched for Trump's former campaign chief Paul Manafort, a millionaire," 30 May 2018 Attorneys with Stracci Criminal Defense, which is representing Rajcinoski in his criminal case, declined to comment because of the gag order. Craig Lyons, Post-Tribune, "One year after dogs seized in Crown Point raid, county declines to say what happened to them," 18 May 2018 On Thursday, Cohen asked a California judge to issue a gag order against Stormy Daniels’s attorney, Michael Avenatti. Jen Kirby, Vox, "24 hours in Michael Cohen’s many legal troubles," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of gag order

1906, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gag order was in 1906

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English Language Learners Definition of gag order

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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