Tag:Sean Taylor
Posted on: May 19, 2011 5:52 pm

Appeals court says Taylor trial won't be open

S. Taylor being remembered.Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In the name of censorship (apparently), a Florida appellate court has denied an appeal from three media outlets to open the murder trial of former Redskins CB Sean Taylor.

A Miami-Dade circuit judge ruled last month that the trial would not be open to the media and the public because he worried that the four defendants accused of killing Taylor would not receive a fair trial otherwise.

The Miami Herald – along with the Washington Post and Miami’s WPLG Channel 10 – appealed that decision, but the three-judge appellate court denied it and didn’t issue a written opinion (see, the court is even censoring ITSELF!!!).

“I am shocked,” Karen Williams Kammer, the attorney representing the TV station, told the Washington Post. “In my 24 years practicing in this area in South Florida, aside from hearings involving children in child custody cases, I have never seen a judge close a hearing, especially when there has been no evidence presented by those wanting it closed to justify its being closed… For that reason, I find this very disappointing.”

As the Post points out, the media outlets could continue their appeal – either with the entire 10-member appellate court or with the Florida supreme court. Hopefully, they will, and hopefully, the district court’s decision will be overturned.

We, the public, have a right to know what is happening.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: April 6, 2011 11:01 am

Hot Routes 4.6.11: Mason calls Goodell a joke

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • The long-time team photographer for the Chiefs, Hank Young, has filed a federal lawsuit alleging the team has misused some of his photos. Young, for the record, no longer works for the Chiefs.
  • Somebody smacked the hell out of the fence in front of Donovan McNabb’s Washington-area home, knocking it down. The driver managed to get away, making it a hit-and-run accident. I feel there’s a joke in there somewhere, but I can’t seem to find it.
  • A nice little feature on the judge who will oversee that preliminary injunction hearing today – Susan Nelson.
  • Jaguars QB David Garrard knows that, at some point, Jacksonville is going to draft a QB. And he’s cool with that. Said Garrard: "I know I'm the starting quarterback for this team, so I'm going to continue to go out and prepare like that and work my butt off to make sure this team, this city wins a championship."

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Posted on: March 24, 2011 10:17 am

Hot Routes 3.24.11 lockout side effects

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Posted on: March 4, 2011 1:19 pm

Atogwe won't take No. 21

O. Atogwe will not take S. Taylor's No. 21 Washington jersey (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

New Redskins FS O.J. Atogwe – who signed a five-year, $26 million deal with Washington on Thursday – already has begun to ingratiate himself with his new fans.

Atogwe, while in St. Louis, wore No. 21, and normally, star players who are with a new team will do whatever it takes to make sure they secure the same numbered jersey at their new stop (mostly, this is accomplished through cash or other bribes with the player who already happens to be wearing that jersey number).

In Washington, though, No. 21 is sacred. That was the number worn by FS Sean Taylor – tragically gunned down by intruders inside his home in 2007 – and it hasn’t been issued by the Redskins since.

Atogwe, though, will not try to take that number. In a tweet this morning, Atogwe wrote, “With all due respect, I will not be rocking nor even asking to rock 21.”

In response, NBC Washington brings up an interesting question: will anybody ever wear No. 21 for the Redskins? The organization doesn’t retire jersey numbers, but it looks like Taylor’s jersey is unofficially retired, the same way Mike Webster’s No. 52 is unofficially retired with the Steelers.

Which, I think, is a pretty cool tribute. And it’s doubly cool that Atogwe understands and appreciates that.

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