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Judge approves gag order in Aaron Hernandez case

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FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts judge says she found no ethical violations by prosecutors in the Aaron Hernandez murder case, but she did impose a formal gag order to protect the ex-New England Patriot's right to a fair trial.

Hernandez's attorneys had accused the state of allowing leaks and prejudicial out-of-court statements. They also sought a gag order from Judge Susan Garsh.

They claimed the prosecution orchestrated a ''publicity stunt'' last year when Miami Dolphin Michael Pouncey was served with a subpoena after a game at Gillette Stadium. Prosecutors denied that and say they have leaked nothing.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the murder of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd.

Garsh's order, entered Thursday, demands both sides take ''reasonable precautions'' against prejudicial disclosures and says prosecutors must investigate any reports of leaks.

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