Court Lifts Lawless Gag Order On Dan Valenti of Planet Valenti

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  1. TJIC says:

    > http://planetvalenti.com/2012/07/judge-vacates-gag-order-imposed-on-the-planet-first-amendment-and-free-speech-win-the-day-in-district-court/
    >
    > There won’t be any dancing in the end zone. We won’t gloat.

    If there's no dancing in the end zone of your revolution…

  2. Chris R. says:

    Damn it, I've been practicing an end zone dance for like 2 weeks and I don't get to use it?

  3. apauld says:

    So, can or will anything happen to Judge Sanabria-Vega at this point, or does her judicial indiscretion just get swept under the proverbial rug?

  4. delurking says:

    Why does such a hearing take 6 hours?

  5. Dan Weber says:

    This isn't as sexy as Carreon-v-Internet but it's probably more important.

    Good to hear.

  6. doug says:

    its possible the judge had other court matters to attend to, or even another brief hearing. And then there is lunch.

  7. Malc says:

    One issue that bothers me a little: the order lifting the gag also requires law enforcement to destroy any record of the (lifted) order. Why? Apart from protecting the reputation of "the court" (i.e. that of Judge Sanabria-Vega who unlawfully violated the First Amendment rights of a citizen), the whole point of Mr. Valenti's reporting was that "the court" was acting in a way that provided preferential treatment for a family member of a court employee, in a way that would appear to be in clear violation of the spirit of (if not the legal precedent of) the Equal Protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment (i.e. Ms. Nilan is afforded privileges that would not be granted to non-court-family members such as Mr. Peter Moore — a member of the class "victim of vehicular crime"!

    I guess the bothersome point is that there is a real and substantiated appearance that the Berkshire County District Court is corrupt, and while that may or may not be true in objective fact, it is an old axiom that courts should strive to maintain not only the actuality but also the appearance of impartiality.

  8. Ken says:

    Malc, that's generally for the benefit of the person against whom the order was issued, to try to take it off their record that they had a harassment order issued against them.

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