By Charlie Deitch
Pittsburgh Current Editor
The Abolitionist Law Center filed a federal lawsuit this morning against Allegheny County Common Pleas Court Judge Anthony Mariani for his refusal to allow virtual access to proceedings in his courtroom.
The ALC is represented by the ACLU of Pennsylvania and the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at Georgetown University Law Center.
In December, the Fifth Judicial District in Allegheny County avoided a lawsuit from advocacy and media groups, including the Pittsburgh Current, by agreeing to put a mechanism in place to allow for the streaming of proceedings.
According to a press release announcing the lawsuit, Mariani is the only judge who has denied virtual access to volunteers from the ALC’s Court watch program. While some judge’s have denied access in certain circumstances, Mariani has offered consistent denials.