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Judge Rules On Komisarjevsky Trial Gag Order

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Joshua Komisarjevsky in 2007 left, and 2011 right.  (Courtesy Department of Correction)

Joshua Komisarjevsky in 2007 left, and 2011 right. (Courtesy Department of Correction)

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A Connecticut judge has declined to extend a gag order on witnesses who may testify in the upcoming trial of one of two men charged with killing a mother and her two daughters during a home invasion.

New Haven Superior Court Judge Roland Fasano denied a request Friday by attorneys for Joshua Komisarjevsky  to prevent potential witnesses from talking about the case. He cited concerns about over-extending a court order to the point it becomes unenforceable and also said the order was not necessary to ensure a fair trial.

A gag order does remain in effect for Department of Corrections employees.

Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes were accused of killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters in 2007 in their

Cheshire home. Hayes was sentenced to death last year.

Komisarjevsky’s trial is scheduled for September.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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