Prosecutors in the Leland Yee corruption case are now fighting on two fronts. 

There are four publications asking a judge in the corruption case against state Senator Leland Yee, to deny a request by federal prosecutors for a gag order preventing defense lawyers from sharing evidence with the media.  

Reportedly, a formal letter was sent to the federal judge last week, on behalf of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Sacramento Bee, the Los Angeles Times, and the Center for Investigative Reporting.

In the appeal, the lawyers for the papers point out that the gag order would be a violation of their First Amendment rights and wouldn't be standard procedure.

Prosecutors say they want the gag order to protect the identities of undercover agents and witnesses.