After much wrangling and apparent confusion, the Michigan Court of Appeals has reversed itself and will allow a journalist to videotape oral arguments in a pot case.
After initially denying Eric VanDussen’s request to tape the proceedings in People v. Anderson, the COA finally came to the realzation that he actually IS a journalist.
Or maybe it was the State Supreme Court telling the COA that its
excuse explanation that “fair administration of justice requires such action,” wasn’t good enough.
Or maybe it was Justice Markman’s comments on a different COA denial questioning that same rationale — noting that every single Supreme Court oral argument is “accessible to the public on Michigan Government Television.”
Or maybe it ‘s the fact that an administrative file has been opened concerning the continued workability of Administrative Order 1989-1 — which allows courts to
use excuses give explanations like “fair administration of justice requires such action,” to deny access.
A big question is why the COA would deny media access in such a hotly debated issue as the medical marijuana law, which is in great need of scruitny and closely followed by all quarters.
Well, the smoke has been cleared from the room — at least for now.