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Second day of Josh Brent trial moves forward; judge imposes gag order

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A judge has imposed a gag order on the attorneys in the trial of former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent for intoxication manslaughter.

Judge Robert Burns made his ruling Tuesday morning, the start of the second day of Brent's trial in a December 2012 wreck that left teammate Jerry Brown dead.

Burns has previously warned attorneys on both sides to be careful what they say about the highly publicized case. But he went one step further after the first day of testimony Monday.

Brent could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of driving drunk and causing Brown's death. Jurors can also convict him of manslaughter.

Prosecutors say there's ample evidence against Brent, but Brent's attorney denies that his client was drunk when the crash occurred.

The jury deciding whether former cowboy Josh Brent drove drunk saw more video on Tuesday and listened to lawyers argue over a 911 call Brent made that night.

Police video played in court, showing Brent in the back of a squad car cursing at officers taking him in for a mandatory blood draw in December 2012.

But in a 911 call made just after the crash that killed Jerry Brown, Brent seemed calm and collected, not slurring his words.

The defense used that call to argue its point that Brent was not drunk , even though he failed a field sobriety test.

Prosecutors also offered up receipts for food and alcohol that  Brent paid for at a restaurant and nightclub.

Video shows Brent entering that club, but never shows him drinking.

Still, police say the blood draw showed Brent was twice the legal limit, and a paramedic who tried to save Jerry Brown's life testified that Brent smelled like alcohol.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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