2. Yes I think this would be contempt-- it's my understanding these depositions are occurring before a judge-- so each attorney can object to specific questions and the judge will rule on each objection and either sustain Luka's objection (Lee doesn't have to answer) or overrule the objection (Lee does have to answer and a refusal would be contempt of court, IMO)
3. Shouldn't his attorney have filed a motion to prevent the media from appearing BEFORE the deposition ?
IMO, YES DEFINITELY.
I don't understand why this is taking the shape it is. It's all very strange.
IMO -- and like you pointed out-- they should have already had the hearing about media presence at the depo before the depo is scheduled to occur.
I think the Judge should bar the media from being present during the depo. The depo will be taped and then submitted as discovery. If there are reasons to seal or keep private certain aspects of the depo, the deponent's atty can file a motion to seal those parts of the depo or the entire tape. The judge will consider the motion and rule accordingly.
The appropriate segments (or even the whole thing) can then be released to the public like everything else. I do think it makes sense to put a barrier between instant media broadcast and the deposition process itself. The problem is, IMO, that the A's lawyers failed to file the correct motions at the correct time and now everything is happening backwards and inside out. I remember John Morgan even telling the A attorneys to file this motion for protective order over a month ago on Nancy Grace-- he like spoon-fed it to them??? STRANGE!