Judge Orders Newspaper Not To Report On Lawsuit Brought By The Newspaper

from the freedom-of-the-press...-except... dept

Romenesko points us to the news that a judge overseeing a lawsuit between the OC Register (the newspaper) and newspaper delivery workers has barred the newspaper from reporting on any testimony in the case. Of course, the newspaper reported on that ruling, and it also dug up a bunch of constitutional scholars, who pointed out the unconstitutionality of such a ban.

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Lawrence D'Oliveiro says:

Conflict of Interest

Journalists are supposed to disclose if they have any interest in a matter on which they’re reporting. For an interest as big as this, which could actually be prejudicial to the outcome of a court case, such a restriction seems reasonable, really. Other newspapers and media should be able to report on the case, just not the one directly involved.

Joe says:

news blackout

Judges aren’t allowed to ban any kind of news coverage whatsoever; it’s constitutionally protected.

Judges can order a “news blackout” on the members of the jury, but that’s it. They can also order nobody to talk to jurors, and do other things to control the proceedings… ban cameras in court etc. or even close the courtroom under certain circumstances.

But they’re not supposed to be able to ban any kind of reporting.

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