Opinion: Judge crossed line on prior restraint

Terry Cowgill
Terry Cowgill

Terry Cowgill lives in Lakeville, blogs at ctdevilsadvocate.com and is news editor of The Berkshire Record in Great Barrington, Mass. Follow him on Twitter @terrycowgill.

Every now and then something happens that makes me say to myself, “Thank goodness I live in America.” No, we’re not talking about a particularly uplifting story, but one of attempted censorship, before the fact, right here in Connecticut.

Last week New Britain Superior Court Judge Stephen Frazzini took a controversial action most legal observers felt had been settled decades ago as the Vietnam War was raging amid great unrest and a feeling we were in over our heads in the southeast Asia quagmire.

Frazzini barred the Connecticut Law Tribune from publishing an article in a child custody case that was based on a document, a writ of habeas corpus, that had initially been filed on the open civil docket and made public on the Judicial Branch’s website, but was later moved to juvenile court, at which point Frazzini sealed it.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.



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