Jason Meisner reports:
The clerk of the federal appeals court in Chicago said today his office “screwed up” in not recording the audio of historic arguments Wednesday over whether attorneys for a local terrorism suspect should be allowed to view confidential surveillance documents filed in the case.
Gino Agnello, the clerk for the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, said employees in charge of turning on the recording equipment were intimidated by the unprecedented security surrounding the case and mistakenly thought they weren’t supposed to record it. Before the arguments began, a U.S. Department of Justice team had swept the courtroom for bugs, and extra security measures remained in place for the hearing in the case of Adel Daoud, he said.
“It was intimidating… My guys frankly assumed they weren’t supposed to record it,” Agnello said. “We screwed up, and there is no excuse.”
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