MSC to COA: Tell us why arguments can’t be filmed

In last week’s issue, Gary Gosselin wrote about Eric VanDussen, a freelance journalist who asked the Court of Appeals if he could film  a the May 10 oral argument involving Michigan’s medical marijuana law.

The Court of Appeals’ administrative order denying VanDussen’s request, vaguely stating that “fair administration of justice requires such action.”

In an April 27 order, the Michigan Supreme Court said that reason wasn’t good enough.

On order of the Court, the motion for immediate  consideration is GRANTED. The complaint for superintending control is considered and, in lieu of granting relief at this time, we REMAND this case to the Court of Appeals to articulate the reason why “the fair administration of justice” warrants the denial of the plaintiff’s request to film oral argument on May 10, 2011. Administrative Order 1989-1(2)(b).

The court asked for an answer by May 2 and will likely make a ruling on the order soon thereafter.

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