03 September 2008

KingCast issues Judicial Complaint against Littleton District Court Judge Peter Cyr for violating NH Supreme Court directive on cameras.

Dear Messrs. McManus and Marple:

.....It's all on the comments, but here is your synopsis:

1. A Supreme Court Directive 2002 more and 2008.
2. No likelihood of court disturbance.
3. Negative judicial attitude.
4. Arbitrary and capricious ruling.

See generally Petition of WMUR Channel 9, 148 N.H. 644 (2002), another case that Kelly Ayotte lost as she was trying to keep government closed to the public.

6 comments:

Christopher King said...

I have read with great interest this story on the Patricia Coffey and Ralph Holder cases involving Judicial ethics in which both of you were quoted. At this point I would like the both of you to review an incident of misconduct by Judge Peter Cyr that occurred on or about 12 August, 2008 in State v. Gregory P. Floyd.

Specifically, he refused any and all camera access to his courtroom by media. He allowed only one retired Law Enforcement Officer to take pictures.

The fact that I eventually obtained some pictures from said Officer is irrelevant: He violated a specific NH Supreme Court directive as noted in this 14 January 2008 Union Leader story “NH bids to make courts current with technology.” The directive holds that “Audio recorders, video cameras, and still cameras are also permitted, including cell phone cameras.”

"The court rule on media access provides that, with prior notice to the clerk, members of the media may broadcast, record and photograph proceedings. The rule requires that such activities do no impair or interrupt the orderly procedures of the court.

The Supreme Court, as administrator of the courts, issued the order on the recommendation of the Judicial Branch Administrative Council. It is the result of numerous meetings attended by court leaders, attorneys and journalists."

Sirs, as my Appeal noted, I’ve never seen cameras barred from murder trials, much less a simple theft charge. I’ve been making short movies of courtroom issues since 1996 and prior to this hearing, I have been denied access only once in all of those twelve (12) years. His Honor’s only defense would be that he feared some type of outburst, but that’s not rational thinking because Gregory W. Floyd -- the only person who engaged in any sort of courtroom outburst -- was not present anywhere on the courthouse grounds.

Moreover, it was His Honor’s selective decision making that ought disturb both of you the most. That he would give the right to a retired LE who is not even sworn to uphold any canons of media professionalism is patently ridiculous. I have worked as an editor and reporter respectively for large newspapers (Ohio Call & Post and Indianapolis Star) and the reporter from the Caledonian Record was also present and denied without any lawful reason.

Feel free to order the transcript to hear His Honor's nasty tone as well; he made me raise the issue because after he read my Appeal he was prepared to ignore it, and when I politely and professionally asked him, you thought I had called him a dirty name or something.

His response was absurd.

Please issue a reprimand to Judge Cyr on this matter. Others will be issuing more complaints against His Honor for other matters, but on this particular issue I look forward to hearing from you soon, as the issue is rather clear cut.

I know that Attorney McManus said that most judicial complaints are dismissed for lack of proof, but here I gave you all the proof you need:

1. A Supreme Court Directive.
2. No likelihood of court disturbance.
3. Negative judicial attitude.
4. Arbitrary and capricious ruling.

Also, on a somewhat unrelated but important note, NH AG Kelly Ayotte demonstrably lied to U.S. House candidate Harold Burbank, Esq.

Very truly yours,

Christopher King, J.D.
KingCast.net

Christopher King said...

Follow up:

Those with more issues concerning Judge Cyr should contact the Judicial Conduct Committee.

Robert T. Mittelholzer , Esquire, Executive Secretary
Committee on Judicial Conduct
74 Exeter Road
Newmarket, NH 03857
Phone: (603) 292-1825
Fax: (603) 292-1827

Christopher King said...

The link to the Union Leader story "Nh bids to make courts current with technology" does not work in the main entry.

Here it is.

Note that it specifically mentions "multi-media bloggers," which I have been doing for many many years, taking courtroom video since 1996 and posting it online since 2005 so those of you who love to hate me, I have some directions:

1. Get a large knife with a sturdy blade.

2. Draw a large circle about your left pectoralis major, encircling your heart.

3. Take several tranquilizers and a beer.

4. Have your buddy make a large incision, and carefully and quickly extract your heart.

5. Quickly sprinkle with basil, tomato and fresh mozzarella cheese nuggets, and consume.

Serves one.

-The KingCaster.

Christopher King said...

Judicial Complaint on Littleton District Court Judge Peter Cyr
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
7:41 AM
From:
"Christopher King" kingjurisdoctor@yahoo.com
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To:
dick.marple@leg.state.nh.us, Andrew.Paparella@abc.com, Kelly.Ayotte@doj.nh.gov, Jeffery.Strelzin@doj.nh.gov, martha.mcleod@leg.state.nh.us, townclerk@franconianh.org

Dear Representative Marple:

Please review the attached complaint against Judge Peter Cyr with all of the earnestness at your command.

http://christopher-king.blogspot.com/2008/09/kingcast-issues-judicial-complaint.html

I don't know what your feelings are on the 5/11 investigation itself, but that issue is not the one before us. What is before us is an arbitrary and capricious decision by a Judge, and the fact that I only obtained pictures from an open courtroom event because of the kindness of a retired LE.

Feel free to contact me at:

kingjurisdoctor@yahoo.com
857.334.4930

Christopher King said...

But KingCast, Dick Marple lost his seat in 2006 after 51 votes turned up at the last minute....

I know. That's why I sent him a copy of this Complaint to his home.

Christopher King said...

Just spoke with Attorney Mittelholzer and he has today 9 Sept. 2008 mailed me the forms and information to formalize the Complaint next week.

Peace.