When a court clerk mistakenly files as a public document information that was meant to be filed under seal, may the judge correct the error by demanding that the media who have published the information online now delete it?

That is the issue before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit arising from just such a censorship order imposed on the Los Angeles Times by a U.S. District Court judge on Saturday.

In a draft friend of the court brief signed by more than a dozen press advocates—including CalAware—the Ninth Circuit is being asked to rule that under the First Amendment, the horse is out of the barn.

The Times story is here; the draft brief is here.