It does make you wonder about if there is $$$ being put in the judge's pockets with this case.
Hotz's lawyer makes the right points and puts quotations in the document regarding the issuance of the TRO without a hearing on it.
Sony submitted a pre-written TRO (as is standard) and it was signed off on.
However, apparently the subject of the TRO was never discussed in court, so Hotz (his lawyer, really) was not able to be represented regarding the TRO.
The TRO was granted without a hearing about it, which is.. illegal I would hope.
The issue is that representation was requested, and was not given (or denied, for that matter). The TRO was just signed off on without considering anything else.
(on a side note, it is fun to see the judge cross out all the GRANTED/ORDERED on Sony's motion with DENIED).
Looks like Hotz's attorney is prepared for a TRO hearing, which will dictate how this plays out.