In Uncategorized on 07/26/2019 at 12:30

Though I can testify to his prepossessing appearance and demeanor, that Obliging Jurist Judge David Gustafson is, for whatever reason, camera shy.

Especially when both Cross Refined Coal, LLC, USA Refined Coal, LLC, Tax Matters Partner, Docket No. 19502-17, filed 7/26/19, and IRS OCC’s bombers want to haul their “…various computer equipment and other electronic devices including cell phones with picture taking capabilities, laptop computer, screen, projector, and necessary cables/cords for the purpose of presenting evidence at the trial….” Order, at p. 1.

And even though trial is scheduled to start on a Monday, the Cross Coalers and the OCC bombers want to begin hauling in and setting up on the preceding Friday. I suppose their roadies and techies need to do sound checks and tape the marks for the attorneys and witnesses on the courtroom floor.

Judge David Gustafson is down with all the foregoing, provided he gets names of the roadies and techies who are doing the hauling and setting up.

But no recording, whether audio or video, of the proceedings in the courtroom without express leave from Judge Gustafson.

“…no such equipment shall be used in the courtroom to take photographs or video or to make audio recordings without express leave of the Court. Counsel shall be responsible to assure compliance with this order by their clients, witnesses, and other personnel.” Order, at p. 2.

That’s unfortunate. If people, especially self-representeds but also auto-admittees, could watch an actual Tax Court proceeding without having to sit in the courtroom, they’d have a much better idea of what they’ll be expected to do when their case goes to trial.

And I’m sure the Jersey Boys and the rest of the regulars would be pleased to enlighten as well.

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