Judge issues gag order in Ray Tensing trial

Montgomery County Courthouse (WDTN Photo)
Montgomery County Courthouse (WDTN Photo)

CINCINNATI, Ohio (WLWT) – Attorneys on both sides of the Ray Tensing murder trial have been ordered not to speak to the media.

Judge Megan Shanahan issued the order after WLWT and other media outlets reported a juror was refusing to come back to the courtroom after a break in the trial.

WLWT managing editor Bill Hager was told that a juror met with Shanahan in chambers. Hager was told the juror was concerned over the release of personal information on jury questionnaires.

Shanahan announced at the beginning of court proceedings Friday morning that media outlets had requested the questionnaires be released. Shanahan said she was redacting names and other identifying information, but would release portions of the questionnaires.

Although Shanahan specifically mentioned a request by the Cincinnati Enquirer, several media outlets, including WLWT, have requested the information be released.

The Cincinnati Enquirer tweeted just after 1 p.m. that it had pulled its public records request.

After a recess of more than two hours, Shanahan called court back to session, told attorneys on both sides to not speak to the media and then recessed until Monday at 9 a.m.

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