WASHINGTON, June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Litigation Director Paul Orfanedes of the public interest Judicial Watch, Inc. appears in this Full Disclosure Network® 9 minute video online news update regarding the fate of a documentary movie covering Judicial Corruption in Los Angeles. Representing the Emmy Award-winning producer Leslie Dutton and the sponsoring non-profit organization American Association of Women, Judicial Watch filed an appeal to the Federal Court in Los Angeles on March 6, 2012. (read the Complaint here)
Court Blocks Access To Public Courtroom
Producer Leslie Dutton noted that the 90 minute documentary feature entitled "The Cost of Courage" is narrated by Ed Asner and "was almost complete when the Judges of the Los Angeles Superior Court denied our application to use the empty courtroom to record the last scenes." "We intended to record eyewitness accounts and a statement made by former U.S. Prosecutor Richard I Fine" who was taken into custody in Department 86 of the Stanley Mosk Courthouse on March 4, 2009 and was held in solitary coercive confinement for 18 months in LA County Men's Central Jail, without being charged or convicted of a crime."
LA Federal Court Judge Upholds Ban:
On Monday, June 18th Federal Judge Manuel Real dismissed the case stating there was no First Amendment right to use a public courtroom. Judicial Watch has filed a Notice of Appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Watch this short video at http://www.fulldisclosure.net/Blogs/113.php featuring video clips and commentary from Orfanedes and Dutton.
Superior Court Closes 52 Courtrooms in June:
Ironically, the Superior Court announced on Friday, June 15th that 52 courtrooms were being shut down due to budget cuts. At issue in the controversy is whether or not the Presiding Judge Lee Smalley Edmon, Department 86 Judge Ann I. Jones and Superior Court Legal Counsel Brett Bianco could legally block the documentary from being recorded in the public courtroom when it was empty. The lawfirm of Jones-Day is representing the judges and court legal counsel.
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