He said a security guard told him he couldn't go into the courtroom. The guard then radioed the bailiff.
"The bailiff came into the lobby because he told me the door to the courtroom was locked," Waterhouse said. The bailiff said Waterhouse wasn't allowed inside.
Waterhouse then went back to his news station and got a camera and took footage from outside the annex. He put the camera back in his car, then went back in the annex to talk to Halloran and get a copy of the arrest warrant.
Halloran still wouldn't allow Waterhouse in the courtroom, but talked to him over the phone and said he would have to get a copy of the warrant on Monday, Waterhouse said.
"He said to pick it up on Monday and he wasn't going to release it to me," Waterhouse said. "When I started explaining ... our right to have that information, he hung up on me."
Magistrates are allowed to hold the papers until they are filed in Circuit Court, Canterbury said. Other magistrates routinely release criminal complaints and paperwork on arraignments soon after the hearing is over.
When reached at Magistrate Court on Monday, Halloran declined to be interviewed, only saying, "If you're calling about Friday night, I run a courtroom, not a newsroom."
Canterbury said his office doesn't have the power to investigate the matter, and that any investigation would have to be done by the Judicial Investigation Commission.
The public has the right to participate in magistrate court proceedings, he said.
"And we will, as a court, protect that right and if any judge or magistrate is denying that, then that's a serious bit of malfeasance," Canterbury said.
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