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California Security Guard Forbids Videography Outside Courthouse Despite Policy Allowing it

In another case of everybody knowing the rules except the idiots paid to enforce the rules, a man was shooting video outside a California courthouse when a security guard came rushing out, stating that he was not allowed to do so.

The guard informed the videographer that he needed a letter from a presiding judge in order to keep recording.

But the videographer, who goes by TheKenK1 on Youtube, showed the guard the policy that states he had every right to video record outside the courthouse.

In fact, that policy is available online and states the following in regards to cameras in and and out the courthouses in Sonoma County.

LIMITATIONS ON COVERAGE OF COURT FACILITIES OR LOCATIONS

The following limitations apply, if media request is granted, unless an exception is permitted by written judicial order See (Local Rule 21.3).

  1. Photographing or recording of any kind by the media and general public is not permitted in any part of a court facility or location, including, but not limited to lobby areas, hallways, stairs, and elevators. In addition, photographing, or electronic recording of any kind by the media and general public is not permitted within 50 feet of the entrances of the two courtrooms that occupy the first floor of the Hall of Justice (Courtroom #14 and #15).
  2. Photographing and recording devices must be turned off while transporting them in any area of any court facility or location.
  3. Any photographing or recording of the interior of a courtroom through glass door windows is prohibited.
  4. Photographing, or electronic recording of anyone wearing a juror badge, whether intentional or inadvertent, anywhere in any court facility or location is prohibited. The faces of anyone wearing a juror badge inadvertently depicted in the background of any photograph or recording must be blurred or digitized beyond recognition before publication or broadcasting.
  5. Except as limited in rule 21.3 (1) above, photographing, or recording at or near the entrances to any court facility or location is not prohibited, but such media coverage shall not obstruct pedestrian traffic or compromise security. (Eff. 1/1/2005; Rev. 1/1/2007, 7/1/2007, 1/1/2008, 1/1/2010, 7/1/2010)son consequent.

The problem as we’ve seen so many times in the past is that guards fail to read beyond the first line, which in this case, makes it seem as if photography is not permitted anywhere near the courthouse without a written judicial order.

But as you can see by the fifth item listed above, there are no restrictions recording outside a courthouse as long as the cameras are not obstructing pedestrian traffic or otherwise compromising security, which hopefully means more than just debating with a clueless security guard about the rules he’s supposed to enforce.

Even after the guard reviewed the policy, he still wouldn’t allow him to record in front of the courthouse, insisting he still needed a letter from a presiding judge.

The videographer told him to call a deputy and the guard said he would. Then the video ends without any more information as to what happened when the deputy arrived, if he ever did.

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