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Sanction Upheld for Lawyer Who Violated Gag Order in Rape Case

July 29, 2021, 3:53 PM

A civil contempt charge for a Delaware lawyer who violated a court order by commenting after his client’s trials on the actions of a prosecutor and an alleged rape victim was upheld by the state’s highest court.

The $5,000 sanction was in order because Joseph Hurley made statements that violated a gag order prohibiting public comments that would have a “substantial likelihood of material prejudice” to the trial, the Delaware Supreme Court said Wednesday.

After his client was convicted of rape, Hurley told a reporter that he was “horrified” by a statement the prosecutor made during the trial, the court ...

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