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The reasons judges make rulings like this are: a) it's in their best interests to protect the powers that be; and of course b) because they can, pretty much with impunity. There's no point arguing with them. They don't care about the law or about giving people fair trials.
There is one thing, short of civil unrest, that might make a difference: if lawyers in the area went on strike until the judge either reversed herself or disqualified herself.
Judges need lawyers on both sides of disputes to maintain the image of a fair contest. When they consistently screw over one kind of lawyer - criminal defense lawyers and lawyers for individual plaintiffs suing large institutional litigants - they are vulnerable to a strike by those kinds of lawyers, who at that point have little or nothing to lose.
They have lawyer strikes in other countries. I've never heard of any here, but this would be a good occasion to try one.
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