Thursday, December 3, 2015

To remind my readers he had his bailiff remove myself and Valley Central from the courtroom on the day he was suppose to hear Josephina Fisher's criminal case.  You know the case - wherein Saenz charged her with obscene language "to wit: calling Yolanda Begum a fake."
When push came to shove, Constable Abelardo Gomez who oversees the courts brought us back into the courtroom against the express wishes of the bailiff.  She got a lecture and we were allowed to stay.  Judge McDonald then realizing he was not going to be allowed to run cover for Saenz with the press watching recused himself from the case.
"Her clarifying, amended order was released by the Anderson County District Court Clerk’s Office right before closing time late Tuesday afternoon. Judge Evans said it superseded any previous prior restraint order.
She didn’t address the defense request to close pretrial hearings, but said the public and the press can attend “live sessions” of the court, and news organizations can publish “any information they have already obtained or may obtain in the future.”
That’s a given, of course, under the First Amendment right to publish. That Judge Evans even considered restraining news coverage is troubling. As a judge, she should know that in case after case, most notably the Pentagon papers, the Supreme Court has said the courts cannot prevent the press from publishing news.
The defense motion was patently unconstitutional. It was an effort to process the case against accused murderer William Mitchell Hudson, 33, out of the public eye. A star chamber approach, if you will."

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Could you imagine the Herald ever opining such an oped against a Cameron county judge, unless they had a personal feud with the judge?

Even Valley Central never covered the story.  They simply allowed Judge McDonald to abuse their reporter.

When the bailiff tried the same stunt in Judge Betancourt's court I wrote her a letter explaining the law, and the practice ended.


There are enough millionaire lawyers and or business people in this town to fund for a year 3 reporters at about $50,000 a year and an editor at about $65,000 a year along with health insurance, and corporate insurance for defamation suits for an online newspaper.  I am willing to bet the advertising dollars in 6 months will have them breaking even, and in a year making a nifty profit wherein they can hire even more staff.  $35,000 a year is a fair wage for the person in charge of seeking out advertising.

A true free press reporting on everyone without any sacred cows, would finally put the Herald to its long overdue ignominious death.

The thing about an effective online paper is, people can access it 24/7 their phone.  They do not have to wait for a later delivery which means they miss the hard copy anyway.  Internet news is fluid.  In time they would have an overnight reporter to keep the news coming as it happens.  An Internet paper is not published once a day, it is published all day as stories develop. 

I would sign over the copyright rights to the name Brownsville Voice to the right group, and shut down the blog so there is no confusion.  I believe in this and will always be on the front line in pushing for a real Internet newspaper with its Golden Rule printed on the front page of every issue, "No Sacred Cows."  With 24/7 news as it breaks people would be clicking on it all day long every day.

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