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After smoothly presiding over the widely televised murder trial of the four New York police officers who shot Amadou Diallo, Justice Joseph C. Teresi, of New York Supreme Court in Albany, surely hoped to go down as the anti-Ito. You better believe he took pains to guarantee an orderly court. Forty-five minutes before the verdict was read, Judge Teresi ordered David Bookstaver, the chief publicist for the state courts, confined to his chambers. The judge was not about to let the spokesman alert an unruly mob of newspeople to squeeze into the courtroom and ruckus up the judge’s big dramatic moment. Not only did two sheriff’s deputies shut Bookstaver inside chambers, but they also stripped him of his official cell phone. Is forcing a grown man to stare at the judge’s desk photos a case of unlawful detention? Can taking away his cell phone be obstruction of government business? Stay tuned for the state Commission on Judicial Conduct review.

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