What is Gag Order?
A definition of gag order is: An unruly defendant at trial may constitutionally be bound and gagged to prevent further interruptions in the trial. More details on the Encyclopedia. Illinois v. More details on the Encyclopedia. Allen, 397 U.S. 337, 90 S. More details on the Encyclopedia.Ct. More details on the Encyclopedia. 1057, 25 L. More details on the Encyclopedia.Ed. More details on the Encyclopedia.2d 353. More details on the Encyclopedia. Term may also refer to an order by the court, in a trial with a great deal of notoriety, directed to attorneys and witnesses, to not discuss the case with reporters-such order being felt necessary to assure the defendant of a fair trial. More details on the Encyclopedia. Term also refers to orders of the court directed to reporters to not report court proceedings, or certain aspects thereof. More details on the Encyclopedia. Such latter type orders have been struck down by the Supreme Court as being an unconstitutional obstruction of freedom of the press.
- “Gag Order” in the White America Dictionary (New York, Los Angeles, London, New Delhy, Hong Kong, 1989)