Judge Joseph Cirigliano ruled the Register could not broadcast a live Webcast of the Kim Nuesse Civil Service hearing.
City lawyers Sue Porter and Margaret Cannon objected to the broadcast, saying it would allow witnesses who have yet to testify to listen to others’ testimony. Cirigliano ruled in their favor.
For complete coverage of the Nuesse saga, click here.
Cirigliano already ruled the Register is allowed to record audio of witnesses’ testimony (and video if the witness agreed) and put it online.
But the Register wanted to broadcast the entire proceedings live so the public could have direct access to what public officials were saying. The Register believes a public hearing should be available to everybody, even those who work Monday through Friday and cannot attend the hearings.
Three witnesses — Kevin Baxter, Sheriff Terry Lyons and Mary Ann Barylski — refused to have their testimony videotaped Monday.
“Quite frankly, the newspaper just appears less than fair on this particular issue,” Baxter said. “They use the photographs and videotapes, especially on the blogs, to mock and embarrass the witnesses. I just didn’t trust (the newspaper) on this one issue.”
Register managing editor Matt Westerhold responded to Baxter’s actions.
“We had hoped to provide readers with unedited live streamed video of all the testimony in order to give the most complete coverage possible,” Westerhold said. “It’s unfortunate that opportunity was blocked by city attorneys and Baxter.”