Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Judicial Watch Challenges Calif. SuperiorCourt Ban Of Documentary Movie

Sterling E. Norris
Judicial Watch Attorney

Washington, D.C.   Judicial Watch, Inc. is asking the U. S. California Central District Court to intervene on behalf of the American Association of Women,  AAW v. Presiding Judge Lee Smalley Edmon (CV-12-1888)   , challenging the L A Superior Court’s denial of public access to an empty court room for filming documentary movie.  Read Court filing here: URL: http://fulldisclosure.net/Documents/USDCAAW-SuperiorCourt3-6-12.pdf

Court Denies Access To Documentary Project 
AAW is producing a Full Disclosure Network® documentary movie about the 18-month “coercive confinement” of former U S Attorney Richard I. Fine by L A Superior Court Judge David Yaffe of Dept. 86 in the downtown civil court house.   The AAW had requested use of Dept. 86 to video record, a re-enacted account, from court transcripts, of the sentencing hearing where Richard Fine was taken into custody.  

Several Attempts Rejected
AAW attempted several times to reserve the empty court room that is public property.  The final effort was made to Presiding Judge Lee Smalley Edmon who, through counsel, denied access   As related in the letters requesting use of Dept. 86 for no more than 30 minutes when it was not in use, was the fact that CNN had used Dept. 86 for their piece on the Richard Fine case.  Judicial Watch believes that the public property of the court is used by various groups, including school classes and that AAW’s request was reasonable and should have been granted.

The Superior Court Legal Counsel is expected to file a response on behalf of the Presiding Judge Edmon or before April 27, 2012. 

Contact:  Leslie Dutton  Full Disclosure Network   310-822-4449  www.fulldisclosure.net

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Beach Ban On Football And Frisbees

Los Angeles, CA County Board of Supervisors are caught in an "April Fools" joke on an international level when they approved a sweeping "Beach Ordinance" that bans the use of footballs and frisbees on the beaches.  Watch this 9 minute video where critics take on the County Board of Supervisors who attempt to explain the comprehensive ordinance that contains much more than the football-frizbee ban but the details were never openly debated as the public discussion was limited to only a few minutes. When the main stream media reported there would be a $1000 fine for violations of the ordinance, the Supervisors and county bureaucrats back-tracked, demanding the media correct the report. In this 9 minute video veteran newsman Ron Kaye, long time edito of the L A Daily News now blogger, puts it all in perspective. Civic activist Jon Nahhas describes the public reaction and fears for loss of liberties while Beaches and Harbors Division Chief Carol Baker defends the county's rush to change the wording of the ordinance, claiming the whole controversy was caused by an erroneous media report, The report was never retracted, corrected, but merely disappeared from the internet websites and replaced with an "update".