It was going to be a show — arguments between Web 2.0 darling Facebook and one-time rival ConnectU over a settlement gone bad. Instead, U.S. District Judge James Ware booted members of the press from his San Jose, Calif., federal courtroom Monday, saying he wanted to have a “frank” discussion about the settlement, which Facebook is trying to enforce and ConnectU wants to void.

But in this long-running dispute, in which 24-year-old Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is accused of stealing ideas and success from ConnectU, news outlets aren’t the only ones beside themselves with indignation — the lawyers and parties are, too.

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