Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Are You Ready For Your Close-Up


In a decision that may change the demeanor of courtrooms across the State, cameras may be allowed into courtrooms. The Star is reporting that:

Indiana Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard is expected to make an announcement today on a request to allow still and video news cameras in Indiana’s trial courts.
Cameras have historically been banned in such courts in the state. A step toward allowing cameras would bring Indiana closer in line with the majority of states that allow cameras, with restrictions.

Critics of cameras in the courtroom argue that they could intimidate witnesses and cause lawyers to play to the camera. Proponents say they would help educate the public about the judicial system and prompt attorneys to be better prepared.Shepard will make his announcement in the Vanderburgh County Superior Court at 4:30 p.m. Indianapolis time.Representatives of the Hoosier State Press Association and the Indiana Broadcasters Association were expected to be present.

2 Comments:

At 10:21 AM, Anonymous tom said...

2 courts in Marion County. That might give Kennedy a chance to learn how to try a case!

 
At 10:23 AM, Anonymous Ed said...

What is all the talk about showing off for the cameras. Has anyone watched a trial recently. Every attorney tries to entertain as much as possible. You are making a presentation to a group of jurors. That argument is simply retarded.

 

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