The Hartford Courant is asking the Connecticut Supreme Court to take up an appeal of the gag order that was issued in the criminal case against the estranged husband of Jennifer Farber Dulos, the New Canaan mother who has been missing since May 24th. The Courant’s lawyers are arguing that the September 12th gag order by a Stamford Superior Court judge is a restraint on free speech and exceeds the authority of the court.
The order bars any public comment on the case by attorneys, law enforcement, potential witnesses or other parties involved and was issued days after Dateline NBC aired an hour-long episode on Farber Dulos’ disappearance and the alleged involvement of her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, in her disappearance.
“Any gag order impinges on this critical right as it interferes with the Courant’s ability to hear and gather information from sources closest to the proceedings.”
– William S. Fish, Jr., Attorney for the Hartford Courant
The appeal of the gag order was filed with the CT Supreme Court by Fotis Dulos’ attorney, Norm Pattis. The Supreme Court has not yet decided to hear the appeal.