Maine judge draws flak from First Amendment advocates for gag order

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charlie neville
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Maine judge draws flak from First Amendment advocates for gag order

“This order is a major strike to the First Amendment and the public’s right to know about its court system and those accused of crimes,...”

http://bangordailynews.com/2015/01/06/news/court/maine-judge-draws-flak-...

The judge is holding a hearing this morning to explain the gag order. This should be interesting.

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An individual American has a

An individual American has a right under the Constitution to a speedy trial by a jury of his peers. There is no inherent right for any American to demand to know about the prosecution of another person. The jury is the individuals protection from abusive government and the jury are the representatives of all the people so far as openness is concerned. In fact, an accused can waive his right to trial by jury and leave his fate to only the judge. Our courts have recognized a right to privacy so it is even possible that a defendant waiving jury trial and confessing to a crime could even argue the entire proceeding be kept from the public as it really is no one of their business.

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A careful reading of the BDN

A careful reading of the BDN notes some reference to a possible federal suit involving other parties in this matter.
I agree the hearing this morning will be interesting and it is probably wise to take a step back and await its' results.
Of course everyone is up set because they tend to be required to be upset very quickly in all matters !
Whether the facts are known or not !

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PMCONUSA - This article seems

PMCONUSA - This article seems to contradict your assertion that "... there is no inherent right for any American to know about the prosecution of another person."

Under common law — the traditional court-made law that U.S. courts adopted long ago from English standards — courts have recognized a presumed right of access to criminal and civil court records. - See more at: http://www.rcfp.org/first-amendment-handbook/introduction-criminal-proce...

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pmconusa seems to find it

pmconusa seems to find it necessary to comment on most everything now days. When he speaks to oil, or the mid-east in general I tend to pay attention. His comments in other areas, not so much so.

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One can be forgiven for

One can be forgiven for thinking that this is the "good old boys club" in the legal profession looking out for one another.

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