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Cyrus Sanai to Cover Judicial Conference Involving Alex Kozinski

Filed under: General,Judiciary,Kozinski — Patterico @ 8:42 pm reports that Judge Alex Kozinski is taking a low profile at a judicial conference which will be covered by, among others . . . Cyrus Sanai:

Adding to the prickly situation, Beverly Hills attorney Cyrus Sanai, a Kozinski critic and the one who accessed and leaked the Kozinski Web site, obtained press credentials from the LA Weekly to cover the event.

The circuit agreed to allow Sanai to attend as a reporter, for the LA Weekly, part of an alternative newspaper chain. The circuit gave him press credentials but kept a close watch on him during Monday’s opening session.

Lawyers may attend only by invitation of the circuit but it is open to media coverage. The conference traditionally does not hold press briefings and the only opportunity to ask questions would be in the routine, public question and answer sessions at the end of each panel presentation.

Sanai said, “I’m on my best behavior. They made it clear that if I interrupt or try to ask questions I can be bodily removed.” There are plenty of U.S. Marshals, who act as security for all circuit conferences, to make good on the promise.

Sanai said the LA Weekly is not interested in a story about him, so he'll be focusing on other aspects of the conference, which concludes Thursday.


P.S. I have gotten tired of the threatening nature of comments surrounding this topic, so any comment that sounds like a threat — to sue someone, to investigate someone, to go after someone’s bar card, or anything else along those lines — will be summarily deleted.

UPDATE: Kozinski reportedly canceled a scheduled Q&A session. Also, according to the linked story, Kozinski ordered Sanai ejected from a welcome reception, which reporters had been told in advance they could not attend.

11 Responses to “Cyrus Sanai to Cover Judicial Conference Involving Alex Kozinski”

  1. Given Cyrus’s high opinion of the Ninth Circuit judiciary, I’m sure his commentary will be even handed and illuminating. What a farce!

    daleyrocks (d9ec17)

  2. Oh but pat!

    The threats to take my bar card we the BEST!

    Mainly because IANAL… :)

    “Bar number? What do you want the number to BeenMr’s for?”

    Someone go to this, because I want to see the look on this guy’s face when the Deputy Marshals chuck this guy out…

    Scott Jacobs (d3a6ec)

  3. Nobody’s getting my frequent visitor card number to the He’s Not Inn

    daleyrocks (d9ec17)

  4. “lawyers may attend only by invitation of the circuit” . . .

    Is this the case in the 9th? Usually these things are expensive but useful and interesting CLE events for appellate lawyers that pretty much anyone can attend if they pony up the bucks. I have been to a couple (not the 9th) and I didn’t realize it was even restricted to lawyers, just that no one else would really care to attend. And I haven’t seen the press ever cover these things, unless it is American Lawyer or the like.

    Aplomb (b6fba6)

  5. couldn’t wish Sanai on a more deserving object of scrutiny. the 9th circuit is a disgrace.

    if the spotlight burns, then good.

    Born Free (632035)

  6. Awww man! I love watching the threats and demands for bar numbers.

    TLove (953364)

  7. I pay my own bar tab.

    PCD (5c49b0)

  8. My bar number is 2. After that I get a little dizzy.

    Mike K (f89cb3)

  9. 8, Mike, got to stop pounding those Double Jack Daniels. Think of your liver. Who do you think you are, Ted Kennedy?

    PCD (5c49b0)

  10. My bar number is 2. After that I get a little dizzy.

    Comment by Mike K — 7/30/2008 @ 11:10 am

    hahahaha You guys are too funny. All a yez.

    no one you know (1f5ddb)

  11. Hah! Buncha wusses! 6 pints and 5 bars later, still goin’ strong. A bit unsteady on the feet, maybe, but still going strong.

    Gregory (f7735e)

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