According to the Chronicle, “[t]he allegations against [Jackson] were settled, but no one connected to the case would say what happened because of the gag order.”I agree that the First Amendment implies that a court cannot order this blog to delete formerly public records. But that is exactly what was done by Commissioner Irwin H. Joseph and Judge Heather D. Morse issued such gag orders and forced me to remove public evidence from my blog.
If the facts are as reported, then this order is clearly unconstitutional. Given the First Amendment, a court can’t order a publisher — whether Google, some other Web site, the Houston Chronicle, or this blog — to delete formerly public records.
Even damages liability in such cases is generally unconstitutional, see Florida Star v. B.J.F. (1989) (in which the Court that a newspaper had a right to publish even an erroneously released name of a rape victim, notwithstanding a state statute prohibiting such publication). The case against an injunction is even clearer.
I am not talking about personally embarrassing info about my ex-wife, or anything vindictive. I am talking about testimony of court officials against me that was used to justify decisions against me.
The gag orders served no purpose except to cover up incompetence and corruption.