While the courts have recognized that court proceedings are public events and the public
generally has access to such proceedings, the general public and the press do not have a right
under the First Amendment or the rules of procedure to attend discovery depositions. See Palm
Beach Newspapers, Inc. v. Burk, 504 So. 2d 378, 380 (Fla. 1987), cert. denied, 108 S.Ct. 346
THE TWO COURT CASES OUT OF THE JASPER FLAP OF FIRING JENNIFER HIGHTOWER WILL EACH HAVE DEPOSITIONS TAKEN. THE SUNSHINE LAW SAYS NON-PARTIES MAY NOT ATTEND. THEREFORE WE CAN NOT REPORT FIRST HAND NEWS ONLY SECOND HAND NEWS FROM THOSE WHO CAN ATTEND. DEPOSITION IN ONE OF THE CASES IS IN NOVEMBER. THE OTHER CASE HAS AN OPEN COURT HEARING IN OCTOBER.