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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
NO CHILDREN ALLOWED
This is the sign hanging on a Judge's courtroom on the sixth floor. She's not the only judge with the sign on her door.
Children are people too, unless you're Adrian Peterson, asshole football player for the Vikings.
Florida law covers specific instances where a judge may close a courtroom. There are specialized notice requirements involving the media. Hanging a sign on a door is not the legal way to do it.
Banning an entire class of individuals for no good reason will not withstand any legal challenge whatsoever.
THIS IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WE HAVE OPEN COURTS, EVEN FOR CHILDREN.
So let's get this straight. Take a young Rumpole, age 17,first year of college, in a pre-law class, assigned to go to the local courthouse and watch a calendar and do a report. This sign bars young Rumpole, a very mature 17 year old, from observing court and fulfilling a college assignment
We hope judges will remove these signs. It presents such a bad vision of the courts of Florida. And as we said, it's completely illegal and if they try and bar a person based on age and no other reason, they will lose in court.
So try and follow the law for once (we know how awkward and strange that can be for most of you) and take down the signs.
See you in court, where we might just arrange for a gaggle of kindergarteners to stage a protest if the signs don't come down.