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12/4/03 - Chesapeake, Virginia

Judge Gags Attorneys in Malvo Trial

You won't be hearing any more from the attorneys in suspected sniper Lee Malvo's trial.

A judge in Virginia has slapped a gag order on the lawyers, preventing them from talking to the media.

Her decision came after a letter written by the suspect, a letter she had refused to let the jury see, ended up being printed in The Washington Post. Both sides denied leaking the letter.

The judge said she was also growing "increasingly disturbed" by the defense holding news conferences each day after court. She said they are attempts to reach jurors and their families.

Malvo is charged in the sniper shootings that petrified the Washington D.C. area last fall. The defense has mounted an insanity defense claiming Malvo was brainwashed by John Muhammad, who has been convicted in the shootings.

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