ACCESS DENIED: Casna explains why The Journal wasn’t allowed to film BOH meeting
TOWN HOUSE- Joe Casna may have some explaining to do after he violated the Open Meeting Law and barred the Journal’s own Bradford Randall from filming a public meeting between the Board of Selectmen (BOS) and the Board of Health (BOH) on July 1 as the two boards discussed shadow flicker with representatives from numerous state agencies.
Casna’s reasons for illegally deciding the Journal couldn’t film date back to a June 17th BOH meeting, when Vice Chairman William Kavol inaudably muttered “how the hell do you people stay in my country?”
The Journal asked Kavol to repeat himself–which amounted to disturbing the meeting for Casna.
“You disturbed my last meeting,” Casna told the Journal during a recess in last week’s meeting. “You used a clip from your recording to try to attempt to embarrass one of the members of my board on your website. Those were the two reasons I told you you could not film tonight’s meeting.”
The exchange between the Journal and Casna finished with the BOH Chairman daring Randall to file a complaint.
“File a complaint,” Casna said. “You told me you were going to file a complaint, file a complaint.”
Remaining silent was Town Counsel Jay Talerman, who was made aware of Casna’s actions during a point of information in the July 1 meeting.
The Journal has 14 days remaining to file a lawsuit against the BOH in Brockton Superior Court, which would be filed in the interest of seeking a court order barring future Open Meeting Law violations and the issuance of a civil fine to BOH Chairman Joe Casna.
Decide for yourself! Watch the video of the Journal’s June 17 interaction with Kavol and Casna below and tell us whether or not you think we had a right to ask Kavol to repeat himself…we’d like to know!