A man in Illinois accused of killing eight people complained to The Associated Press in a jailhouse interview Tuesday that his trial isn’t happening quickly enough. He also expressed dissatisfaction with the public defenders representing him.
On Wednesday, the judge slapped a gag order on the case.
In a move sought by both the prosecution and the defense, Knox County Circuit Judge James Stewart decided that Nicholas Sheley’s outspokenness "compromised the fairness and integrity" of his case, The AP reported. Sheley is now banned from talking to the press unless he’s found competent to stand trial — "He has the constitutional right to free speech," Stewart conceded, according to The (Galesburg) Register-Mail.
Sheley’s attorneys are also now required to supervise any visits he may have with visitors.