Lincoln Parish Courts Closed to the Public

A Lincoln Parish Court Room was apparently closed to the public today in direct violation of the Louisiana Constitution, a correspondent for Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO) said today.

A hearing on the matter of State vs Cameron Mays was scheduled this morning, but our correspondent was not allowed in the courtroom. Only people who were witnesses or were on the docket were allowed in, the correspondent said.

Article 1, Sec. 22 – Access to courts

All courts shall be open, and every person shall have an adequate remedy by due process of law and justice, administered without denial, partiality, or unreasonable delay, for injury to him in his person, property, reputation, or other rights.

It is unclear what did or did not happen in the Mays matter.

Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone, whose deputies are in charge of courtroom security, could not be reached for comment before post time.

Lincoln Parish News Online will be filing a formal complaint against the judge with the Louisiana Judiciary Commission in connection with the matter.

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11 Responses to “Lincoln Parish Courts Closed to the Public”

  1. Vickie Dayton Says:

    Sent from my iPad

  2. OhNoYouDont Says:

    Who was the judge?

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Looks like a direct violation to me. It seems the constitutions don’t matter to states or federal government anymore. Good luck with the filing.

  4. Rick Godley Says:

    Gives a new meaning to Ad Hoc….

  5. Anonymous Says:

    I do know the court can be cleared in cases involving a juvenile

  6. Out to Pasture Says:

    Due to the DA’s huge backlog of cases, there was probably standing room only in the courtroom for all of the defendants. There are state fire marshal regulations on the number of people that can occupy that courtroom and Judge Rogers was trying to adhere to the safety regulations, not violate any constitutional rights.

  7. Jacksontwo Says:

    There has been a lot of excuses for this case.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Come on people,use some common sense.That courtroom can hold only so many peopleand with the number of cases on the docketthat day there was no way everyone could get into the courtroom at one time.As I understand it,relatives,witnesses,victims and press were allowed into the courtroom as each case was heard.Did you”correspondent for LPNO”identify himself as a member of the press?Court would have to had to have been held at Aillet stadium in order to seat everyone that was there Tuesday morning.Sheriff Stone’s deputies do an excellent insuring order and safety in the courtroom and they should be commended instead of criticized for looking out for our citizen’s safety.

  9. Jerry Baskin Says:

    Looks like someone is just looking for a reason to gripe.

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