2009-04-23 / Local & State

Judge Denies Gag Order Request For Rendell, Others

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A judge has denied a request to extend a gag order to keep Gov. Ed Rendell and other officials from commenting on the case of a man accused of killing three Pittsburgh police officers.

Allegheny County Judge Jeffrey Manning says in Friday's brief order that he doesn't believe he has the authority to restrict what those not involved in the case can say.

Public defender Lisa Middleman asked for the ban Thursday saying Rendell prejudiced potential jurors by saying he'd quickly sign an execution order for her client, 22- year-old Richard Poplawski.

Poplawski is accused of lying in wait and killing three officers summoned by his mother during an argument April 4.

County prosecutors haven't confirmed they will seek the death penalty.

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