Derek Bauer Lauds Georgia Supreme Court Ruling that Revokes Gag Order in Murder Trial

News / March 6, 2018

Partner Derek Bauer is quoted in an article published by the Daily Report on March 5, 2018. The article, “Supreme Court Revokes Gag Order on Trial over Beauty Queen’s Murder,” reports on a ruling by the Georgia Supreme Court that revokes a gag order related to an upcoming murder trial. Bauer represents two Georgia television stations who challenged the gag order, along with Partner Ian Byrnside and Associate Cody Wigington. Bauer said, “We’re a little disappointed that they declined the opportunity to state the legal standard that should apply when evaluating gag orders,” adding, “The best thing is that the Georgia Supreme Court says that all gag orders are prior restraint.”

He said he believes the decision will encourage judges to be cautious in restricting speech. “It will be difficult for trial courts to apply a lesser standard than the strictest scrutiny,” he said.

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