FDN Banned From Courthouse 2nd Time By LA Judges #VB113

June 24, 2012Comments are closed.

Paul Orfanedes, Litigation Director of Judicial Watch, Inc. appears in this 9 minute videoblog update on the fate of Full Disclosure’s documentary feature covering Judicial Corruption in Los Angeles. The FDN documentary was banned by the L A Judges of the Superior Court, when they refused to let the closing statement to be recorded in a public courtroom. The documentary is now headed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals where Judicial Watch, Inc., a public interest law firm, has filed a notice of Appeal.



Leslie Dutton, Producer of the documentary of entitled“The Cost of Courage”said “our movie was almost complete when the Judges of the Los Angeles Superior Court denied our application to use the empty courtroom to record the last scene where we intended to record a statement made by former U. S. Prosecutor Richard I Fine who was taken into custody in that very courtroom. Fine was held for 18 months in solitary coercive confinement in L A County Men’s Central Jail, without being charged or convicted of a crime. Read the Complaint here.
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. Ironically, the Superior Court announced on Friday, June 15th that 52 courtrooms were being shut down due to budget cuts. On Monday, June 18th, U S. Judge Manuel Real dismissed the First Amendment lawsuit, claiming there was no First Amendment Right to access of a pubic courtroom. And on Friday June 22, Judicial Watch filed a notice of Appeal in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

4 comments to “FDN Banned From Courthouse 2nd Time By LA Judges #VB113”

  1. Diana Eriksen | November 5, 2012 | Permalink

    Yes, it is obvious that Full Disclosure is being discriminated against while mainstream media is getting access to the courtroom!

    Reminds me of the contradiction in Ms. Mary Ann Gunn’s televised “Last Shot with Judge Gunn,” being allowed to use the Fayetteville, Arkansas’ courtroom to tape her national tv show, for the sum of $1,000.00 a day, yet was “forced” to resign for taking court papers out of the courthouse (supposedly for her tv show).

    Yet the Supreme Court of Arkansas’ opinion that airing the show locally yet alone nationally, gives the appearance of evil, as any waivers of rights signed by participants could be considered coerced or pressured by the “Judge’s” want for recognition!

    Funny I couldn’t even listen to the tape of my own trial that went one day a week for three weeks, despite requests to the court transcriptionist! Similiar requests were also denied.

    As a side note….I am facing contempt of court charges for leaving the state now that the Appellant Court of AR ruling overturning the lower court’s decision to hold the divorce decree for naught as the case was not properly before the court. The High Court refused to hear my case, while the Appellant Court said that I didn’t object to Judge Gunn having jurisdiction, and continued in the process, yet I was represented by Counsel and I have no law degree! I filed 2 Motions for Mistrial and despite the law mandating a hearing was given none.

  2. Main one what? | November 16, 2012 | Permalink

    This is a test to see if it goes through before I spend time commenting.

  3. Ron Pierce | August 25, 2014 | Permalink

    Am delighted about the recent victory. The delay in filming your documentary has been disheartening. I hope your film goes well and swiftly from here. Please bring Richard Fine back and others for more interviews. Looking forward to adding your documentary to my collection alongside Witchhunt by Sean Penn, and Divorce Corp.


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