Chief U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno is defending his administrative order requiring court clerks to temporarily seal any electronically filed documents that include images depicting sexual or excretory acts.

The judge felt compelled to issue the order Oct. 5 after Coral Gables, Fla., lawyer Jack Thompson submitted images depicting gay sex acts in a court filing Sept. 19. The submission was part of Thompson’s civil litigation against the Florida Bar, which is seeking to discipline him over the content of complaints he has filed against a variety of lawyers and judges.

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