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11-10-17 OpenCourt Filing to SJC

11-10-17 OpenCourt Filing to SJC

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OpenCourt's filings to the Mass Supreme Judicial Court for the case set to be heard November 8, 2011
OpenCourt's filings to the Mass Supreme Judicial Court for the case set to be heard November 8, 2011

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COMMONWEALTH
 
OF
 
MASSACHUSETTS
SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT
forS
UFFOLK
C
OUNTY
  __________________________________________
COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS,
PETITIONER,v.
NORMAN BARNES,
DEFENDANT.
SJC – 11035
 __________________________________________
TRUSTEES OF BOSTON UNIVERSITY,D/B/A WBUR-FM AND OPENCOURT,
INTERVENOR,v.
COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS.
SJC – 11036
 __________________________________________
CHARLES DIORIO,
PETITIONER,v.
FIRST JUSTICE OF THE QUINCY DIVISIONOF THE DISTRICT COURT DEPARTMENT.
SJC – 11052
 __________________________________________
ON APPEAL FROM RESERVATIONS AND REPORTS PURSUANT TO G.L. C. 211 § 3 OFDECISIONS BY THE QUINCY DISTRICT COURT
 __________________________________________
Brief for the Intervenor,
Trustees of Boston University, d/b/a WBUR-FM and OpenCourt
 __________________________________________
LAWRENCE S. ELSWIT CHRISTOPHER T. BAVITZBBO No. 153900 BBO No. 672200BOSTON UNIVERSITY HARVARD LAW SCHOOLOffice of the Cyberlaw Clinic, Berkman CenterGeneral Counsel for Internet & Society125 Bay State Road 23 Everett St., 2nd FloorBoston, MA 02215 Cambridge, MA 02138(617) 353-2326 (617) 495-7547<lelswit@bu.edu> <cbavitz@cyber.law.harvard.edu>
 
 
iCOMPLIANCE WITH SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT RULE 1:21Intervenor Trustees of Boston University is acharitable corporation organized under the laws ofMassachusetts, and neither has a parent corporation norhas ever issued stock.
 
 
- ii -TABLE OF CONTENTSCOMPLIANCE WITH SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT RULE 1:21......iTABLE OF CONTENTS....................................iiTABLE OF AUTHORITIES.................................ivSTATEMENT OF ISSUE PRESENTED FOR REVIEW...............1STATEMENT OF THE CASE.................................1PRIOR PROCEEDINGS.....................................2Commonwealth v. Barnes...........................2Diorio v. First Justice of the QuincyDivision.........................................5STATEMENT OF FACTS....................................6SUMMARY OF THE ARGUMENT..............................14ARGUMENT.............................................15The Conceptual Framework........................15I. The Restrictions that the Commonwealth andDiorio Seek To Impose on OpenCourt’s ArchiveConstitute Unlawful Prior Restraints thatViolate the First Amendment.....................17II. The June 16 Barnes Order and June 20 BarnesOrder Cannot Overcome the Presumption ofUnconstitutionality and Violate OpenCourt’sFirst Amendment Rights..........................20A. Introduction...............................20B. The Barnes Orders Do Not Fulfill a StateInterest of the Highest Order..............22C. The Barnes Orders Are Prior Restraintsthat Are Neither Narrowly Tailored NorLikely to Accomplish Their IntendedPurpose....................................25III. The Restraints Diorio Seeks Are AlsoUnconstitutional................................29A. Diorio Cannot Show that OpenCourt’sPretrial Coverage Caused Harm..............31B. Alternatives to a Prior Restraint AreAvailable..................................32C. A Prior Restraint Directed to OpenCourtWill Not Protect Diorio’s Right to aFair Trial.................................33

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