Lawyers explain why gag order was issued in Athena Brownfield case

The man accused of killing 4-year-old Athena Brownfield was brought back to Oklahoma and booked into the Caddo County Jail on Thursday.| MORE | What we know about the disappearance of 4-year-old Cyril Ivon Adams was arrested on January 12 in Arizona and booked into the Maricopa County Jail after court records say he beat and killed the 4-year-old girl Cyril reported. went missing on January 10. The judge also issued an order on part of the case. The gag order, which was filed Thursday, says attorneys and law enforcement officials in Caddo County cannot talk publicly about the case.| MORE | Ivon Adams accused of killing Athena Brownfield on Christmas Day, court records say attorney Ed Blau, with the Blau Law Firm. “Two examples are the Oklahoma City bombing and the Daniel Holtzclaw case.” Blau told KOCO 5 that an order in Athena’s case is very serious, and said public interest is a big reason.” The highest level of content is what people see when they turn on the TV, turn on the radio or open Facebook and Twitter,” said Blau. According to Blau, Judges will issue orders if they feel they may affect the defendant’s right to a fair trial. Athena’s case has received international attention, especially on social media.|MORE | Child’s body recovered in Grady County; OSBI can’t confirm they’re Cyril girl “If you see 15 posts from your Facebook friends all saying a one is guilty, it’s hard to say it won’t hurt you in some way,” Blau said. It’s about keeping the jury as impartial as possible.” The reason why the judge does this is when a case goes to jury trial, hopefully there will not be too many jurors who may hear the case to form their opinion. about it,” said Blau. This also means that the public will not hear from lawyers on both sides. There will be no comments from lawyers on this case or the other. law enforcement in Caddo County. | MORE | Mourners from Cyril and beyond come to pay their respects to Athena Brownfield A judge also ponders an important question. the police – come forward and make statements?” Blau said. | MORE | Oklahoma, the nation is waiting to hear if there are any Grady County missing persons. le teine ā€‹ā€‹Cyril If there is not enough order to organize the trial, sometimes the jury trial will be moved to another district.” Most of the time, there is no other solution. instead of changing the venue to another district that has a pool of jurors that is not tainted by information to the public,” Blau said.

The man accused of killing 4-year-old Athena Brownfield was brought back to Oklahoma and booked into the Caddo County Jail on Thursday.

| MORE | What we know about the disappearance of the 4-year-old girl Cyril

Yvon Adams was arrested on January 12th in Arizona and is being held in the Maricopa County Jail, after court documents say he beat and killed 4-year-old Cyril. was reported missing on January 10.

A judge also issued an injunction in part of the case. The gag order, which was filed Thursday, says lawyers and law enforcement officials in Caddo County cannot talk publicly about the case.

| MORE | Ivon Adams is accused of killing Athena Brownfield on Christmas Day, court records say

“Gag orders are very rare, and they usually occur in the most high-profile cases,” said attorney Ed Blau, with the Blau Law Firm. “Two examples are the Oklahoma City bombing and the Daniel Holtzclaw case.”

Blau told KOCO 5 that an injunction against the Athena case is very serious, and said public interest is a big reason.

“The highest level of content is what people see when they turn on the TV, turn on the radio or open Facebook and Twitter,” Blau said.

Blau said judges will issue gag orders if they think it might affect a defendant’s right to a fair trial. Athena’s case is being reported internationally, especially on social media.

| MORE | Child’s body recovered in Grady County; The OSBI cannot confirm that they are Cyril girls

“If you see 15 posts from people you’re friends with on Facebook that all say someone is guilty, it’s hard to say that it doesn’t affect you in some way,” Blau said.

The purpose is to maintain the impartiality of the jury.

“The reason why the judge does this is that when a case comes before the court, it is hoped that some of the jurors may listen. in this case they have an opinion about it,” said Blau.

This also means that the public will not listen to the lawyers on both sides. There was no comment from the attorneys in this case or law enforcement in Caddo County.

| MORE | Mourners from Cyril and beyond come to pay their respects for Athena Brownfield

A judge also evaluates an important question.

“Is this a situation where the parties – the opposition or the prosecution – may want to come forward and make statements?” Blau said.

| MORE | Oklahoma, the nation is waiting to hear if there are any left in Grady County missing girl Cyril

If the jury is not enough to hold a trial, sometimes jury trials will be moved to another county.

“Many times, there is no other solution but to change the venue to another district where the jury is not tainted by public information. ,ā€ said Blau.

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