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MIAMI — A controversial gag order that silenced a man acquitted in the high-profile Liberty Seven terrorism case in Miami and his attorney � and blogger � David O. Markus, has been partially lifted. U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard partially lifted a gag order she had placed on Lyglenson Lemorin and Markus last month at the request of the U.S. attorney’s office in Miami. As a result, Markus has been unable to speak or blog about his client. Lenard ruled Monday that Markus and Lemorin can speak about immigration issues affecting him, but nothing else. She also ruled that Lemorin’s wife could speak to the press. Lemorin was the only one of seven men who was acquitted last month of federal charges of conspiring to commit terrorist acts with Al Queda. The jury deadlocked on the other men and they will be retried. Despite Lemorin’s acquittal, immigration authorities took the native Haitian into custody to begin deportation proceedings. Lemorin is also expected to be a witness at the upcoming retrial. Lenard had issued the gag order to prevent Markus and Lemorin from speaking about the upcoming criminal case so as not to prejudice potential jurors. Following Lenard’s order, Markus wasted no time blogging about the case again Monday. He is continuing his appeal to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, with help from Miami attorney Scott Srebnick. Both are acting on a pro bono basis. “When my client was arrested, Alberto Gonzales was on every television station and every newspaper talking about,” Markus said. “Now that he’s been acquitted, doesn’t he have a right to talk about it and clear his name?” Markus added that gag orders are appropriate “only in very limited cases. Not like what has happened here. This is a broad gag order.”

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