In yesterday’s blog I explained how I was denied access to a “public” trial at the Federal district church building last week in Concord. Today, I was also denied access at the state district church in Keene where I was attempting to view an in-person landlord-tenant hearing. I recorded audio of my encounter with the church security agents where they clearly deny my supposed right to observe government proceedings.
The eighth article of the New Hampshire Constitution’s Bill of Rights says government “should be open, accessible, accountable and responsive. To that end, the public’s right of access to governmental proceedings and records shall not be unreasonably restricted.”
I guess the courts are going to claim it’s totally reasonable to lock down public access cause someone somewhere might have fallen ill?