Federal prosecutors seek to muzzle indicted businessman Jeremy Johnson

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  • RBN Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 11:24 a.m.

    @one old man

    Cops and prosecutors never do anything to taint a jury, right? Why do you think they hold press conferences when someone is charged? Why do you think that they leak info to the media? The feds have been all over Johnson in the media for quite some time.

    I don't think much of Jeremy Johnson, but isn't turnabout fair play? And BTW, gag orders aren't terribly common. Please name one recent case in which gag orders were ordered.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 10:28 a.m.

    Dektol -- "gag orders" are very common and ARE permitted under the Constitution. They are sometimes necessary for the purpose of preventing someone from making so much noise that they are able to taint a jury. There are many other reasons for such a thing.

    This seems to be a wise idea in this case.

  • Dektol Powell, OH
    Jan. 30, 2013 9:52 a.m.

    If they government believes the guy is making false accusations and making them look bad with innuendo - they can file defamation, libel or slander suits. Just like they would tell him if he was worried about it.
    He has a right to free speech - and the court can act on it after the Feds file formal suit and litigate it.
    He's a slimeball but he still has rights. The Feds don't like that even tho they do the same thing.

  • jasonlivy Orem, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 10:54 p.m.

    Fortunately the public is aware of who the source of this information is. If Johnson is trying to make us think that he's the victim, then I think he's sorely mistaken.

    When someone becomes so rich that nothing is out of bounds, humans tend to implode. After their fortune is lost, desperation sets in. Life can become unbearable and problems that you and I might seem trivial, are blown way out of proportion into this surreal reality. People like Johnson slowly evolve into extremely selfish, self-centered, delusional, and narcissistic individuals. Their drug is their inflated ego.

    I believe he deserves his day in court and should follow the law like every law-abiding citizen. If he's innocent of the charges, then so be it. If he's guilty then the law should be adhered to. This sleazy tactic of discrediting the judicial system, no matter the justification, should inspire public outrage.