Judge to rule if gag order will be issued in State Fair tragedy case
Seven people were killed and dozens were injured after the stage collapsed on Aug. 13, 2011.
Sugarland (May 9, 2012)
Marion Superior Judge Theodore Sosin listened to arguments that a gag order should be issued in the stage collapse case that pits fans of Sugarland versus the celebrity duo and several companies involved in the construction of the stage.
Bill Johnson, the attorney representing Sugarland's management company Lucky Star, Inc., argued his clients' interests were damaged when attorney Kenneth Allen, representing victims of the collapse, released portions of a deposition given by band member Jennifer Nettles.
The selected leaked portions of the deposition indicate possible inconsistencies in accounts of what happened that night with other reports.
Allen argued that his clients lack the public relations firepower of the band and the deposition was leaked to correct what he called inaccurate facts stated by Sugarland's publicist.
Judge Sosin admonished a courtroom full of attorneys to abide by judicial canons of ethics while recognizing that the lawyers will, "do what you're going to do at your own risk."
The judge indicated that he did not expect to see any further deposition disclosures.
He will rule next week on the gag order issue and on several case management requests, which could keep the trail on track to occur by August, 2013.