Judge Loosens Gag Order as Ghost Ship Deliberations Continue

The judge overseeing the criminal trial of Derick Almena and Max Harris, two men each facing 39 years in prison for the deadly 2016 fire at the Ghost Ship warehouse artist collective in Oakland, California, modified a gag order prohibiting defense attorneys from speaking to the press but kept in place a ban on disclosing anything about the dismissal of three jurors Monday for misconduct.

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Emotional Last Words Open Ghost Ship Fire Trial

The Oakland judge presiding over the trial of two men blamed for the deaths of 36 people in the 2016 Ghost Ship warehouse fire threatened to ban all but the victims’ families and the media from the proceedings after learning that unidentified people contacted jurors during a court break Tuesday in an apparent effort to influence them.

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