Cameras in Court

Archive Report

Moves to Lift Courtroom Ban on Cameras

A continuing campaign by news photographers and television broadcasters to win removal of restrictions on picture-taking in the courts has been given fresh impetus. The Colorado supreme court ruled on Feb. 27 that judges of subordinate courts in that state have authority to decide whether to permit picture coverage of trials over which they preside. “Live” telecasting of a murder trial at Waco, Tex., last December, and recent admission of photographers to several other courtrooms, likewise have encouraged efforts to bring about lifting or modification of prevailing: restrictions.

By performance in the courts and at a number of staged demonstrations, cameramen have convinced many judges and lawyers that technical improvements have made it possible to introduce press and TV ...

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