Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Thursday, December 11, 2008 9:48 pm

Wanted: early immediate retirement

A judge in California has unconstitutionally blocked the Ventura County Star from publishing information the newspaper obtained legally from a search warrant in a murder investigation. Says publication would hurt the defendant’s right to a fair trial.

Yeah, right.

I’m not a lawyer, but I’ve worked with lawyers enough times on First Amendment issues in the past 25 years to know that there is no basis whatever for this judge’s ruling. None. There is literally zero chance this ruling will be upheld on appeal. This ruling is so bad that it ought to be prima facie grounds for the immediate and permanent end of the judge’s career.

(h/t: Romenesko)

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