Judge affirms 'gag order' in case against parents accused of imprisoning daughters

2014-01-30T14:32:00Z 2014-01-30T15:53:07Z Judge affirms 'gag order' in case against parents accused of imprisoning daughtersPatrick McNamara Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

As the case against a married couple accused of keeping the wife’s three daughters locked in their bedrooms for months on end moves forward, the state and defense have agreed to remain tight-lipped with the details.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Paul Tang affirmed a stipulation the two sides entered into regarding the case against Fernando and Sophia Richter. That agreement says, essentially, both the sides would refrain from any outside commentary on the case.

Fernando Richter has asked through his attorney for a similar stipulation in a second case he faces prosecution for allegedly assaulting a corrections officer.

Tang cited two cases in agreeing to the “gag order” — Sheppard v. Maxwell and KPNX Broadcasting v. Superior Court in and for Maricopa County.

Read more about the Richter’s arrest here.

Contact reporter Patrick McNamara at 573-4241 or pmcnamara@azstarnet.com. On Twitter @pm929.

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