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Courtroom Access

Oct 2023

The Critical Importance of Televising the Trump Trials

George Freeman

It’s hard to believe that one-quarter of the way through the 21st century, with Americans spending more time looking at screens than ever before, the criminal trials of a former President and a leading candidate to be our next President will not be televised.

Mar 2023

The Court and the Press in the Murdaugh Murders Trial

Jay Bender

On balance, the press members who were in Walterboro deserve as high a grade as the individuals who worked very hard to fulfill the provision in the South Carolina Constitution that all courts are public.

Oct 2022

New York Court Upholds First Amendment Right of Access to Jury Selection in Upcoming Trump Trial

Robert  Balin and Jesse Feitel

Judge Gonzalez appears to be the first New York state court judge to recognizing a presumptive First Amendment right of the public and press to attend jury selection in civil trials.

Sep 2021

Think Twice Before Recording that Zoom: Court Finds No First Amendment Right to Record Live-Streamed Court Proceedings

Rian C. Dawson

The question before the Court was whether Somberg, an attorney, was entitled under the First Amendment to obtain photo-audio-video records of courtroom proceedings streamed outside the courtroom.

Sep 2021

Utah Supreme Court Gives Victory to Journalist Seeking Access to Records of Closed Criminal Investigation

Jeffrey J. Hunt, David C. Reymann, and Jeremy M. Brodis

The Court held that the right of judicial appeal of such decisions under the Government Records Access and Management Act (“GRAMA”) rests only with the “political subdivision” or the “requester.” 

May 2021

Law Banning Audio Recording of Bail Proceedings in Philadelphia Is Unconstitutional

Paul Safier and Shawn F. Summers

This ruling appears to be the first federal court decision to recognize a First Amendment right to record judicial proceedings in any circumstance.

Feb 2021

Second Circuit Strikes Down Connecticut Law Sealing Judicial Records in Juvenile Felony Cases Transferred to Adult Criminal Court

Shannon Jankowski and Madeline Lamo

The Hartford Courant argued that the law effectively required secret trials for teenagers accused of murder, rape, and other serious crimes, and seriously impeded its ability to inform readers about court proceedings.

Dec 2020

Judge in George Floyd Prosecutions Allows Cameras in the Courtroom

Emmy Parsons

Finding that an overflow room is no substitute for in-person attendance, the judge overseeing the prosecutions of the four men charged in the death of George Floyd recently ordered that “[a]udio and video recording, broadcasting and streaming will be allowed” of the trial.