I pull back the curtain on cameras in the courtroom. What effect do cameras have on the participants and the viewing audience in a criminal trial? While the right to a speedy and public trial is guaranteed to us in the 6th Amendment of the United States Constitution, this does not necessarily lead to the conclusion that electronic media ought to be permitted in criminal jury trials.
When CourtTV first made its application to feature “gavel to gavel” coverage of jury trials, they claimed it would be an educational endeavor, offering viewers an insider’s look at the criminal justice system. Sadly, the coverage of trials now is more akin to gladiator contests where men’s lives are at risk and the media is standing in the arena, selling tickets and placing bets. Learn where the law stands now, how it has evolved and one solution that would balance the public’s right to know with the right of the accused to receive a fair trial.
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