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Gag order issued for Iverson case

A judge issued a gag order in Allen Iverson's assault case, saying he wanted to "buffer" prosecutors and defense attorneys from intense media coverage.

Municipal Court Judge James DeLeon barred police, the district attorney's office and the lawyers involved from talking to reporters about Iverson's criminal case. He said he would revisit his decision after Iverson's preliminary hearing, scheduled for July 29.

"We are putting a bubble over the proceeding, so that between now and the time of the preliminary hearing, the commonwealth and the defense will have the opportunity to prepare their case without any type of problem, as far as publicity is concerned," DeLeon said.

A reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer protested, arguing the paper's lawyer should have a chance to appeal before the gag order was enforced. DeLeon denied the request.

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