Media Outlets Call for Dissolution of U.S. District Court Judge Samuel Kent's Case Gag Order

The Houston Chronicle and other media have asked the judge overseeing the criminal case of U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent to dissolve a gag order he continued this week even after Kent pleaded guilty.

On Wednesday the Chronicle, New York Times and Galveston County Daily News joined KPRC-TV’s emergency motion to intervene in the case. The media outlets argue the restriction on speech about the case is unconstitutional at this point.

I take judicial notice that the crimes with which the defendant is charged in this case have received extensive local and national publicity, and such publicity will almost certainly continue.”

— Roger Vinson, Senior United States District Judge