The case of 14-year-old Jared Marcum, the eighth-grader arrested for wearing a National Rifle Association t-shirt to school, is in the news again as prosecutors filed a request Monday for an emergency gag order.
Prosecutors were hoping to bar Jared, his father and his lawyer from sharing their story with the press, under the guise that the request would serve Jared’s better interest, according to the local CBS affiliate WOWK.
“It was for Jared’s better interest is what I was told, which seems to be a bit odd to me,” Jared’s father Allen Lardieri told WOWK.
“These are the same individuals that are trying to prosecute him, so as far as them knowing what is in his better interest, I have a lot of questions about that.”
Marcum was charged with obstructing an officer two weeks ago and faces the possibility of a $500 fine and up to a year in jail. Ironically, the arresting officer claimed that Jared hindered his ability to do his job when he refused to stop talking.
Apparently, speaking freely is overrated in West Virginia.
Jared’s attorney, Ben White, who has been working to have charges dropped in a case that has garnered national attention, said prosecutors filed a motion for a gag order “to take it out of the court of public opinion.”
Meanwhile, the case took an even stranger turn Monday when WOWK reporter Charlo Greene was thrown out of the Logan County Courthouse, twice, by a bailiff, as seen in the video below.
Greene prepared a petition to intervene for the gag order hearing and was attempting to deliver her petition to the court clerk. She was threatened with arrest on the same charge that Jared is facing, obstructing an officer.
As for the gag order, WOWK reported that the request was withdrawn on the condition that Jared’s parent waive the confidentiality that bars the prosecution from speaking freely about his case, due to him being a minor.
While it’s unclear if this means the prosecuting attorney plans to try this case in the “court of public opinion,” it’s a good indication that officials in Logan County, West Virginia have plenty of time on their hands.