NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The government last Friday requested a gag order in the case against former Saints player Darren Sharper's co-defendant Brandon Licciardi. The former St. Bernard Sheriff's Deputy faces federal charges of drug distribution, witness tampering, and impeding an investigation in connection to Sharper's rape case.
In a filing in federal court, the government requested the gag order to make sure it's case against Licciardi stays in the courtroom and not in the court of public opinion.
It's a common filing, especially in a case like that's already under a tight media microscope.
The government seeks to protect the privacy of victims and witnesses and keep them from any outside intimidation or pressure.
The protective order calls for ground rules requesting that defense lawyers not be allowed to share different elements of the case with the media, Licciardi's family, or even Licciardi himself while in jail.
The government also requests that any future court filings not include specific names of witnesses or victims.
"They want a gag order put on the defense and they'll live by it themselves so that stuff doesn't come out like it happened to come out as you recall about a week or two ago where Reggie Bush's name leaked out as one of the possible players Licciardi had named in Las Vegas seeing him doing something or not seeing him. All that stuff, they're looking to avoid that," said FOX 8 Legal Analyst Joe Raspanti.
Raspanti says it's very likely the judge will grant the government's request and issues a gag order quickly.