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Gag order issued in Mathews case

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CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- A Hamilton County judge issued a gag order in the murder case involving the death of a Chattanooga police officer after a Chattanooga Times Free Press columnist requested an interview with the man charged in the slaying.

The order, issued this week, prevents the prosecution, defense, all law enforcement and defendant Jesse Mathews from making "any public statements to the media regarding this or related cases," according to court documents.

Times Free Press attorney Anthony "Bud" Jackson plans to file motions objecting to the gag order -- filed after Mathews agreed to an interview with columnist David Cook -- and asking Judge Barry Steelman to remove or reduce the directive.

Read more on the story from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
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