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Techdirt: Courtroom Staff, Freaked Out By FBI Agents, Failed To Record Important Terrorism Court Hearing
2014-06-06 2:46pm -07:00T Visit Techdirt


We just wrote about the hearing in the 7th Circuit appeals court concerning accused terrorist Adel Daoud, highlighting how Judge Richard Posner had turned it into a secret hearing, kicking everyone but DOJ officials out of the courtroom at one point. One of the reporters in the room (prior to being kicked out), Michael Tarm, had tweeted that everyone should look for the recording of the oral arguments on Thursday "if only to hear Posner" yell: "Look! You answer my questions, not your questions!"

Except, if you looked, you would never find that recording. Because it doesn't exist. The court clerk, who's been doing this for 25 years, says his staffers "goofed" and failed to record the hearing at all, in large part because they were so spooked by FBI agents crawling all over the court room for hidden microphones.

Though hearings before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals are routinely recorded and published on the court's website, Court Clerk Gino Agnello admitted Thursday his staff "sort of freaked out" before Wednesday's hearing in the case of alleged wannabe South Loop bar bomber Adel Daoud.

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