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Co-defendant in Darren Sharper case heads to federal court

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

The case against former New Orleans Saint Darren Sharper's co-defendant, Brandon Licciardi, heads to federal court.

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.

Last month, the federal government requested a gag order in the case. Prosecutors say they want to protect the privacy of victims and witnesses and keep them from any outside intimidation or pressure.

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.

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