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Judge in Greitens case issues partial gag order

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Missouri Governor Eric Greitens seen in a mugshot on February 22, 2018. (Credit: St. Louis Police Department) Missouri Governor Eric Greitens seen in a mugshot on February 22, 2018. (Credit: St. Louis Police Department)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Judge Rex Burlison issued an order enacting speech limitations in Governor Greitens Invasion of Privacy case Tuesday.

The partial gag order, which prohibits counsel, the parties, and endorsed witnesses from making public statements outside of the courtroom in regards to the Governor Greitens Invasion of Privacy trial.

The order states:

All parties, attorneys, endorsed witnesses and their attorneys are prohibited from making any public statements outside the courtroom that could interfere with a fair trial or prejudice either the State or the defendant. This includes the identity of potential witnesses and their expected testimony, references to specific evidence that may be admitted at trial, and any personal belief in the defendant's guilt or innocence. 

It is further ordered that all counsel, parties, deposed witnesses or endorsed witnesses and their attorneys, are prohibited from publishing or disseminating any deposition testimony without leave of court, except that counsel may disseminate deposition testimony for trial preparation purposes only, without publication to any person other than parties, counsel, or endorsed or deposed witnesses. 

The St. Louis Circuit Attorney filed a motion requesting the order Tuesday.

"The order would not preclude statements regarding the general nature of the law and the charge, scheduling information, the substance of court orders or rulings that are public record, and the contents or substance of any motions that are in the public record—subject to the Court review process also proposed herein," the motion said.

Greitens defense attorneys were verbally concerned in court Tuesday that this decision could leave them defenseless when it comes to the release of information expected Wednesday by the Missouri House Committee investigating Greitens.

The move comes after a day of back-and-forth between the two sides played out in the media.  

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