from the no-trousers-dance dept
For noticeable factors, we’ve protected a metric ton of Streisand Influence stories here at Techdirt around the a long time, but I truthfully didn’t imagine we’d get to a person about a decide not putting on trousers. Nonetheless, regretably, below we are.
Meet Decide Jamie Jameson, of the 42nd Judicial Circuit courtroom in Kentucky. Jameson is presently suspended from his obligations more than a sequence of misconduct allegations, much of which has been dutifully included by WKMS, Murray State’s NPR radio station. All those misconduct allegations are not the subject matter of this publish, but they do set up that Jameson allegedly has what some could contact a really free relationship with ethics and the legislation, if those people allegations are real.
But now there’s just one far more allegation: Jameson is accused of trying strain WKMS to not run a tale about how he occasionally fails to wear trousers around the courthouse.
According to commission paperwork and an interview with WKMS personnel, Jameson acquired a WKMS reporter experienced submitted a data request for video footage he considered would display Jameson roaming the Marshall County Judicial Building partly dressed.
When Jameson acquired of the records request, he identified as Chad Lampe, who was the station manager for WKMS at the time. In accordance to the Judicial Perform Commission’s charging paperwork, Jameson pressured Lampe not to go after the tale, declaring he experienced contacted increased-ups at Murray Condition College, which holds the license for WKMS.
This would be wildly unethical on its deal with, naturally, but here’s exactly where issues get actually silly. The records request experienced previously been denied by the Administrative Office environment, Lampe experienced already decided not to enchantment that choice, and had even made the decision not to operate the tale by the time Jameson experienced phoned him up to play strongman. He was pressuring a news firm about a thing that was currently not heading to take place anyway, with the news business identifying that this was not some thing newsworthy.
Compared with, say, a decide pressuring a information organization to bury a story, which unquestionably is newsworthy. And now that the Judicial Conduct Commission caught wind of all this and is now leveling much more allegations versus Jameson, guess what’s now all about the news?
The fee found Jameson’s steps violated numerous judicial codes of perform, together with a responsibility to comply with the legislation and act in a fashion that encourages public self confidence in the integrity of the judiciary. The fee also observed Jameson violated codes of perform that prohibit a decide from abusing their ability to advance personalized passions.
And now the story about Jameson strolling all-around the courthouse sans pants is obtaining broad protection. Earlier to the attempt to bury the tale, the full point seems like it was under no circumstances going to see the gentle of day.
And that is roughly as distinct-minimize an instance of the Streisand Influence in motion as there could be.
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