King et al v. Whitmer et al, No. 2:2020cv13134 - Document 153 (E.D. Mich. 2021)

Court Description: OPINION and ORDER re 152 Emergency MOTION Issue an order authorizing the public release of the video of the July 12, 2021 Sanctions Hearing. Signed by District Judge Linda V. Parker. (AFla)
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King et al v. Whitmer et al Doc. 153 Case 2:20-cv-13134-LVP-RSW ECF No. 153, PageID.5294 Filed 07/14/21 Page 1 of 2 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN SOUTHERN DIVISION TIMOTHY KING, et al., Plaintiffs, v. Case No. 20-13134 Honorable Linda V. Parker GRETCHEN WHITMER, et al., Defendants, and CITY OF DETROIT, DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE and MICHIGAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY, and ROBERT DAVIS, Intervenor-Defendants. ______________________________/ OPINION AND ORDER On July 14, 2021, counsel for Plaintiffs’ counsel filed an emergency motion asking the Court to release the video of the July 12 hearing in this matter. (ECF No. 152.) Counsel argues that “[t]hroughout our history, the open courtroom has been a fundamental feature of the American judicial system.” (Id. at Pg ID 5286 (quoting Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. v. FTC, 710 F.2d 1165, 1177 (6th Cir. 1983).) The Court in fact threw the virtual doors to the July 12 proceeding wide open—far wider than could have been accommodated had the hearing been Case 2:20-cv-13134-LVP-RSW ECF No. 153, PageID.5295 Filed 07/14/21 Page 2 of 2 conducted in person. As counsel notes in the motion, more than 13,000 people watched live, “viewing the proceedings just as they were conducted.” (ECF No. 152 at Pg ID 5287.) As to counsel’s suggestion that the video is needed to prepare a supplement brief, attorneys routinely prepare such briefs following a hearing without video or audio recordings of the proceedings and often without a transcript. For these reasons, IT IS ORDERED that the emergency motion (ECF No. 152) is DENIED. s/ Linda V. Parker LINDA V. PARKER U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE Dated: July 14, 2021 2