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In re: Murphy-Brown, LLC

Hundreds of neighbors of North Carolina hog farms file a series of lawsuits claiming that the farms are nuisances. Much publicity and debate ensues, exposing potential jurors to the issues before trial. District court enters a gag order prohibiting all involved from talking publicly about the case. Fourth Circuit: “Gag orders should be a last resort, not a first impulse,” and this one violates the First Amendment while harming everyone involved in the case.


Tags: 2018, First Amendment, Fourth Circuit, Freedom of Speech

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