Appeals Court Rejects Video Recording In Pot Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Michigan Supreme Court has been asked to intervene in a request to record video of arguments at the state appeals court.
Eric VanDussen of Traverse City says a three-judge panel at the appeals court turned him down with no explanation. He wants to film arguments on May 12 in a medical-marijuana case. He struck out in another marijuana case last November.
VanDussen says the public needs to know what's happening at the appeals court. Arguments at the Michigan Supreme Court are regularly broadcast on a government TV channel.
Michigan judges have discretion to control cameras in court, but Justice Stephen Markman has said it's time to revisit the rule. The judges who rejected VanDussen's request are Joel Hoekstra, Christopher Murray and Michael Kelly.


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  • by WhatTheEff Location: Lansing on Apr 20, 2011 at 06:01 AM
    Perhaps like every other camera shy judge, they're worried about their biases, their out of date ethics, and overall inadequacies as a competent panel will be aired out in front of the public. Of course there was no explanation, because there isn't a good enough one for denying the cameras.
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