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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The new judge appointed to the case of an East Pittsburgh police officer accused of killing Antwon Rose II has issued a gag order.

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On Wednesday, Judge Alexander Bicket was appointed to the case against Michael Rosfeld after Judge Anthony Mariani recused himself.

Michael Rosfeld, Antwon Rose (Photos: Allegheny County Jail/STK, Embrace Life/Facebook)

Later in the day, Judge Bicket issued a four-part gag order in the case:

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  1. Counsel for the Defendant and counsel for the Commonwealth are PROHIBITED from making extrajudicial statements about the above-captioned case except in accordance with Rule 3.6 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct;
  2. All potential witnesses are PROHIBITED from making extrajudicial statements about the above-captioned case that counsel for the parties would be prohibited from making Rule 3.6 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct;
  3. All persons assisting or associated with the parties are PROHIBITED from making extrajudicial statements about the above-captioned case that counsel for the parties would be prohibited from making Rule 3.6 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct;
  4. Counsel for the parties shall promptly make all potential witnesses and other persons assisting or associated with the parties aware of this Order.

Another hearing is scheduled for Sept. 26.

Meanwhile, the trial is set to begin on Feb. 26, 2019.

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