Judge excludes evidence in trial of Richland County Health Commissioner, OKs gag order

From The Mansfield News Journal Richland County Health Commissioner Martin Tremmel is doing what he can to keep his private life private.

Leading up to his trial related to alleged domestic violence against his wife, Tremmel's attorney filed a gag order prohibiting any contact with the media. Visiting judge John S. Ridge granted the motion Friday.

The state and the defense are "restrained from speaking with the media regarding this case until further order of this court," Ridge wrote in his judgment entry.

He also granted Tremmel's motion to exclude evidence from his trial Thursday. The jury trial starts at 8 a.m. in Erie Municipal Court.

Specifically, Ridge's judgment will remove from evidence the arresting officer's bodycam, which recorded actions and statements made after authorities responded to the Tremmels' Kelley Island home July 11. Joyce Tremmel had called 911 alleging Tremmel struck her numerous times and placed his foot on her throat.

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