Yeah, if he had actually been intelligent about this - choosing to release all the ********* pointlessly classified documents to prove a point, choosing to release documents to whistleblow on war crimes, etc. - I'd be on his side.
As it is now, I think he's a dumbass. But that's about as far as it goes, for me. I really, really don't like a lot of the political maneuvers around his trial (refusal to publish court documents, even though they aren't classified, refusal to allow his political intentions as a whistle blower to be introduced at his trial, without even disclosing the reasons why, etc.)
Last I checked, motive was a relevant in the justice system. Particularly when one of the charges against him is completely dependent on his motives, which the prosecution needs to prove for him to get a life sentence. I just can't see the "fair" in "fair trial" when a judge decides that evidence against him and his motives can be introduced, but evidence to prove his motives for the better cannot be.
Sure, it's possible there's a really good reason that they've bared discussion there. But with an arbitrary refusal to publish court documents, it's just shady as ****.
(For anyone not following the case: journalists aren't barred from the trial, and many of those orders will need to be read outloud in court. So the only reason not to publish them is to make it more difficult for journalists to report on the trial). Normally, journalists would read extensive briefings from the prosecution, defense, and judge before a trial began. Would have access to all court documents and testimonies while it was proceeding. And would have access to the end reports of the judge when the trial ended. These fully explain all decisions to allow, refuse, etc. the admission of evidence, lines of questioning, etc.
It's the bedrock of court reporting. And it's mandatory for courts to publish those documents in the civilian court system. The only acceptable reason to keep back a document is for classified reasons, and even then classified documents often are not admissible in courts for the same reason.
Anyways, you all are horrible, @#%^ed up people
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