TYLER, Texas (AP) - A judge has issued a gag order leading up to
the next trial surrounding an East Texas swinger's club accused of
forcing children into sex shows.
State District Judge Jack Skeen Jr. in Tyler made his ruling
Tuesday after lawyers for Patrick Kelley subpoenaed two local
reporters who've covered the so-called "Mineola Swinger's Club."
Attorney Thad Davidson has said he plans to ask a Tyler Morning
Telegraph reporter and a KLTV reporter about their alleged personal
relationships with the lead prosecutor in the case. Davidson is
fighting to move the trial outside of Smith County.
The paper will seek to quash the subpoena at a hearing Friday.
The change of venue hearing is now set for Monday, the Tyler
Morning Telegraph reported.
Patrick Kelly faces life in prison on charges that he helped run
the swinger's club, where children as young as 5 allegedly
performed sex acts for adult audiences.
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