Prosecutor asks for gag order

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A prosecutor is taking the unusual step of asking a South Carolina judge to silence a defense attorney and his client after the lawyer suggested evidence may have been tampered with.

The lawyer for former Secret Service agent James Bartee says the gag order request is unfair because he is telling the truth and prosecutor Chrissy Adams doesn't like it.

Authorities say Bartee was arrested after trying to get an informant to kidnap a former judge who was going to testify that Bartee was not qualified to be Oconee County sheriff.

Attorney Jake Moore says the tape of the meeting has gaps when Bartee was talking that would prove his innocence. Moore also says the original copy of the audio recording was destroyed.

Adams denies tampering with evidence.

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