LOGAN — A judge has issued a gag order in the case of Andrew Lesky, a 44-year-old former Idaho man, charged with attempted aggravated murder and aggravated kidnapping.
Judge Brian Cannell issued his order during a pre-trial conference, Tuesday morning in 1st District Court. He explained that no one connected to the case would be allowed to speak with reporters. The order applies to Lesky, attorneys for both sides, witnesses and anyone else who is part of the case. He said reporters will still be allowed to be in the courtroom and cover the proceedings but asked for restraint going forward.
The order was issued after Judge Cannell learned of letters Lesky had sent from jail, to local news media outlets. The letters claimed his rights to communicate with his attorney were being violated.
Judge Cannell stated that he feared the potential jury pool for an upcoming trial could be tainted, if Lesky continued to try and contact the news media. He said, he wanted to insure he received a fair trial while also respecting the freedoms of the press.
Judge Cannell also explained that the court was still looking for a new attorney to represent Lesky after his public defender, Shannon Demler recused himself last week. He expressed optimism that replacement would be found within the next week.
Lesky was arrested in October 2014, after reportedly trying to shoot his ex-girlfriend outside her apartment. It is also alleged he threatened her and another man with a handgun and a knife. He’s being held in the Cache County Jail on a $750,000 bail.
Lesky faces a total of 10 felonies and 17 misdemeanors. He is expected to appear again in court next Tuesday.
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