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Re: “The Supremes, Live!

I am a little shocked that some people on this blog are trying to distinguish appellate and trial level to justify televising court. If any person from the street can walk into a courtoom and watch a case, even if it is a drug court case, why shouldn't the public be allowed to watch from a television broadcast? It was only a few decades ago when a trial was the big event of a town. Everybody came to watch. With information technology the way it is, the public could have easier access to the courts.

Have we completely forgotten about freedom of press?

Judges and/or lawyers out there who believe their profession is so special that the public should not watch it need to wake up and realize that we no longer have the Star Chamber and this is not Iran.

Posted by Kat Meadows on 09/15/2010 at 7:24 AM

Re: “The Supremes, Live!

Live streaming. Wow. But wasn't it only a couple of weeks ago that the judicial ethics commission stated that drug court in Fayetteville should not be televised? Have they changed their minds, or is there just a double standard?

Posted by Kat Meadows on 09/14/2010 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Ethics panel rips TV drug court

There has to be more to this story than meets the eye. It is strange that after six years they finally come out and say they do not like the idea of showing drug court cases on TV.

I would love to see Judge Gunn's request which from my reading of the law must be submitted in a formal letter with legal anaysis, etc. I read the judicial ethics letter on line and it is very emotional and frankly unprofessional. I am surprised a couple of judges and a law professor would sign off on it.

What I think we have here is a movement to censure the media from the courtroom. What else would explain this sudden shift in attitude? They would love nothing more than to keep their courtrooms "sacred" and away from the public. We need to be careful. Very careful. I applaude Judge Gunn for opening up her courtroom to the public. I wish all judges would.

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Posted by Kat Meadows on 09/07/2010 at 11:59 AM

 

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