First, they came for Keene. It was this summer when “administrative
judge” Edwin Kelly wrote an “ORDER” banning all cameras and audio
recording devices from the district court in Keene. After that ban,
Derrick Horton and Jason Talley were arrested for using video cameras
in court lobbies.
Talley was arrested in “superior” court, where the same Keene-only ban
was enacted. (In reaction to the large activists-with-cameras presence
we have had here for a long time.) Thus far, the superior court ban
has not been expanded to all superior courts in NH, but as of 10/24 it
has been expanded to all of NH’s circuit courts, according to a new
“ORDER” from Edwin Kelly.
In a huge slap-in-the-face to the freedom of press, Kelly writes:
No cameras or audio equipment may be used in the lobby or other
public, noncourtroom, area of any courthouse;
You can’t even talk to this Kelly guy. His office is closed to the
public and they try to keep it secret. Plus, he just refuses to
comment. Why should he? You’ll keep paying his salary either way, and
he knows it.
(FYI: Now all district courts are called the verbose “Circuit Court –
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