Cameras in the Courtroom

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  • The use of any audio-or image-recording devices during courtroom proceedings has been an issue debated across the country for decades. Laws have varied across the states on the legality of allowing such recording, usually based on the notion that a fair trial cannot be conducted with excessive publicity. Many states now allow judges to permit recordings at their discretion, and some require all parties concerned to agree. Constitutional arguments in favor of court proceedings' coverage include the First Amendment rights of the press to access court proceedings. The Supreme Court does not allow its hearings to be televised. One famous example of cameras in the courtroom was the televised O. J. Simpson murder trial in 1995.

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