Sources: Judge Alsup via SBNation, Reuters, The Verge
quote: Seems like a dangerous, and perhaps unconstitutional precedent to me. Obviously in most court trials, one or both parties stand to gain financially from a win. By having to reveal financial statements, that could prejudice the court against a party that was truly wronged.
quote: We're talking about justice here, right? Justice is supposed to be blind.
quote: The true solution would be for people to be better educated and read more news sources so as to get multiple perspectives, while having the critical thinking skills to compare and contrast, such as to eliminate the bias. Unfortunately a judge can't simply rule the public to stop being buffoons -- that will take decades, if not centuries to occur.
quote: Now I'm not saying that the ruling is perfect, or even a good idea, but I can see from a certain perspective how a judge could feel this was promoting blind justice by holding media, plaintiffs, and defendants to a higher standard of transparency.
quote: Surely you can acknowledge that the media has influenced jurors -- look at the Zimmerman case, for example.