Found via the Citizen Media Law Project
is a report about how The National Law Journal was barred from publishing information it had obtained legally
in reporting about a dispute between a law firm and one of its former clients about fees. According to The National Law Journal
, D.C. Superior Court Judge Judith Bartnoff signed a temporary restraining order barring it from publishing the material the reporter had found out, specifically saying that The National Law Journal
could not name the government agency that was involved in a "regulatory inquiry" into one of the participants in the lawsuit. When the NLJ reporter pointed to the First Amendment, the judge allegedly replied that she did not care
"If I am throwing 80 years of First Amendment jurisprudence on its head, so be it." She said the court's interest in maintaining the "integrity" of its docket trumped the First Amendment concern.
Not surprisingly, the Journal
is looking to appeal this ruling, but it really makes you wonder what the judge was thinking.