You have the right to be pissed off, but you also have the duty to protect yourself, according to a California judge.
The judge issued a gag order on Monday on behalf of the judge overseeing the trial of three former University of Florida students accused of shooting a former Florida State University student in a drunken rampage in the Florida Keys.
The defendants, who had been sentenced to up to 15 years in prison on gun charges, have argued that their actions were necessary to stop the alleged sexual assault.
In a motion filed with the court on Monday, the defendants argued that the trial was necessary to protect them from future violence and that the gag order was necessary because the defendants’ constitutional rights were at risk.
“In a case of domestic violence, the defense is not allowed to present a witness who would lie under oath or otherwise contradict the government’s case,” the motion read.
“It is essential that defense witnesses and other witnesses who would give false testimony be allowed to speak, even if the testimony of others would contradict the prosecution’s case.”
The three defendants, whose names were redacted by the court, face charges of attempted murder, attempted murder with a firearm and assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the Oct. 3, 2017, attack in Fort Lauderdale.
They are accused of assaulting a woman and shooting a man in the chest.
The woman died at the scene.