Leaving aside that Britney Spears may not be totally stable and that this is certainly an exceptional problem, I was slightly horrified watching the video of Britney trying to walk into the courthouse. I watched it on TMZ , but I gather it was live on CNN as well. Check it on youtube if you want. She gets out of the car, is mobbed, says she is scared, and leaves.
Of course, many more people cannot get into court because they have no money or cannot read and understand their summons. That is surely worth more thought that Britney, but stay with me — doesn’t the state have a responsibility to make sure you can get INTO (as in physically enter if you arrive) the courthouse where there is a hearing to determine if you get to see your children again? Why doesn’t LA think this is a problem? Why doesn’t the judge order cops to escort her?
Yes she brings it on herself by doing things that people want to watch, and yes we contribute to it by watching, but is there a first amendment problem if you limit photographers from in front of the courthouse? Isn’t that a reasonable time, place, or manner restriction to serve a compelling state interest?