Union Leader Covers Verdict in James Cleaveland Trial, Reporter Illegally Locked Out of Courtroom

December 18th, 2015 - 5:12pmby FTL_Ianin

Union LeaderYesterday, Free Keene broke the news of the nearly-ideal verdict in the James Cleaveland trial for recording cops. Today, mainstream media has picked up the story as well. Thanks to Union Leader reporter Meghan Pierce for actually attending a portion of the trial and filing multiple pieces throughout the week about it.

At one point, Pierce was illegally locked out of the courtroom, as Cheshire superior court has a strange policy that locks the doors during opening and closing statements. Defense attorney Paul Garrity objected to both closings on constitutional grounds, as it should be a public trial. Judge John C Kissinger, who in many cases comes across as a relatively fair judge, refused to budge on his policy and kept the doors locked.

In other media news, the Keene Sentinel published a small report.  The full seven-hour trial video is encoding as I write this and should be up hopefully sometime tomorrow.  Stay tuned here to Free Keene for the latest.