As a movie critic, I often have the opportunity to interview actors and directors. And sometimes, after the interview, I'll ask them to sign a DVD of a favorite film of mine.
I've gone to other events, where it's not appropriate to ask for autographs, so I don't. The one time this really hurt was when I was doing sports for a radio station, and had a press pass to the first "dream team" when NBA players were first allowed into the Olympics. I interviewed most of them. The players had Magic, Barkley, Bird, John Stockton (who yelled at me for taking a picture of him dribbling, for some reason), and many more Hall of Famers. We were told NOT to ask for autographs, and I would have loved to.
Well, M. Night Shyamalan posted this on Twitter, and it made me wonder -- how in the world is this appropriate for our court system to do? You be the judge (pun intended). This was his tweet on Twitter: