Update 22 May: Judge Benton ran amok in my absence on the second Hearing, even scolding Attorney Richard Jones for get this -- stepping out from behind the podium in his elocution. She is an intellectually dishonest bully, I don't like her one bit and the feeling is mutual. And while I tried to give her the benefit of the doubt, I know she was overturned on at least one major foreclosure case and given her temperament toward me and from what I am going to publish for audio from the second Hearing I have to wonder the real reason she left a cush job as a U.S. Magistrate Judge to return to Superior Court. No offense to the Superior Court, but really, who does that?
"What are your credentials?"
"Well Your Honor I was a reporter for a large daily newspaper, and editor of a statewide daily before law school.... and I've been shooting these movies in courtrooms throughout the Country for 4 or 5 years now, and I've been covering this case already...." (I neglected to tell her I was an escrow attorney who worked for WAMU but that is noted in my Notice of Media Coverage, is is the fact that Joseph McIntosh and his buddies unlawfully threatened to have me arrested as seen in this video, Judges Will Watch as Foreclosure Mill Attorneys Threaten Depo Videographer with Security and Arrest).
"Well I haven't seen you with a camera in this case."
"Well Your Honor Judge Schubert has (one and two) and we and are are on great terms. He respects what I do and he said as much, I have that on video I recorded on prior occasion."
"I have some concerns about whether you are media."
"Well Your Honor even if my prior experience and background weren't enough as a journalist, I am still authorized as a public citizen to video these proceedings."
"Where is your website?"
"It's right there Your Honor," as I handed her my card.
"You might audio but I'm not certain that entitles you to video (Googling Pooley+Mortgage Movies after I had told her to Google Mortgage Movies) I'm at your website now and I see you have the hear/see/speak no evil monkeys and skeletons...."
"Well I believe it does, and if this Court cannot take any step that would infringe on my right to portray what I see as I see it, because that would be inimical to the First Amendment."
"We'll see about that. Have a seat in the Courtroom."
I didn't mention unlawful prior restraint per se but I find ironic the level of inquiry coming from a black Judge to a black man when both of us have Civil Rights backgrounds and I have experience in the industry and in courtroom video for the past 20 years, since the community was recording my trials as a Civil Rights lawyer.
I know she understands corporate malfeasance: She threw the proverbial book at Lycoming (USA Today feature -- Safety Last: Lies and Coverup), because their corporate malfeasance has killed many an innocent citizen. So while unlawful mortgage foreclosure does not carry the same certainty of death that a plane crash does, it does kill and psychologically maim millions. This is why Seattle City Council candidates attended a forum I conceived a year ago in honor of Phyllis Walsh, who committed suicide during a questionable foreclosure.
Hawken's Jack Pickering told my friend Peter Hurd 50 years ago that you have a duty to speak out against injustice at all costs, and Cleveland Civil Rights Attorney Terry Gilbert echoed those remarks about me nearly 10 years ago, as will be noted in the video.