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07/09/15: Courthouse Photography Ban; Florida Water Withdrawals; Kerry Speckman; Gallagher

Activists with the group Photography Is Not a Crime, or PINAC, have filed a federal lawsuit against Jacksonville Chief Judge Mark Mahon after he issued an administrative order banning photography and videotaping outside the Duval County Courthouse. The group calls the ban unconstitutional. Mahon issued an order on July 1 that in part banned demonstrations or dissemination of materials on the courthouse grounds that “degrade or call into question the integrity of the court or any of its judges.”
The order also banned people from videotaping “all security features” of the courthouse, including any non-public entrance or exit. After public outcry, the judge eliminated the ban against protests that question the court’s integrity, but kept the video ban in place, citing security concerns.
We speak with PINAC activist Tom Covenant and his attorney Andrew Bonderud about their decision to file the lawsuit.
The St. Johns River Water Management District is set to hear feedback about a controversial proposal involving water withdrawals from the Florida aquifer. We discuss the issue with St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman and Linda Bremer of the Northeast Florida chapter of the Sierra Club.

Contributor Kerry "The Specktator" Speckman joins us with a look at this weekend's events.

And comedians Gallagher, Artie Fletcher and Bob Nelson join us in studio with a preview of their shows at the Comedy Club of Jacksonville this week.

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Sean Birch joined the WJCT team in late 2011 and was with the company until 2016.