Dec 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent (92) on the sidelines against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Judge To Lawyers in Brent Case: Watch Your Words


Former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent retired yesterday as he focuses on the intoxication manslaughter case he is facing. Brent hasn’t made it any easier on himself failing drug tests and being arrested a second time.

From the Associated Press:

A Dallas judge told attorneys Friday to watch what they say about the intoxication manslaughter case against former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent, following a controversial interview the Dallas County district attorney did on local sports talk radio.

His case has received constant attention in the Dallas area, where potential jurors are hearing details that may not be shared at trial. Judge Robert Burns said some of what had been in the media was inaccurate, namely that authorities had proven Brent has had alcohol since his arrest, which would violate his bond.

Brent’s attorney, George Milner, asked Burns to step in shortly after Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins was interviewed last month on KRLD-FM, ”The Fan,” during which he said Brent ”still uses alcohol and illicit drugs.”

”A person lost his life here,” Watkins said on air. ”Mr. Brent, based on the tests that we’ve seen, still uses alcohol and illicit drugs. And so for us to protect the public and send a message, we feel that we have a responsibility to make sure that he loses his freedom.”

Burns said he would issue an order to ”caution” both sides to be accurate in their public comments. He did not issue a gag order.

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