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January 18, 2020

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Cameras in the Courtroom
Last Featured: 4/19/2004

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Marcia Clark got a new hair style when prosecuting O.J. Simpson before a television audience, but will judges and juries act differently if court proceedings are open to cameras? Some warn about creating a circus-like atmosphere that threatens the system’s fairness. Justice, they say, must not yield to pressure from a “Reality TV” poll of casual viewers. But news agencies are fighting for greater access. Public trials, they note, are not secret tribunals and through broadcasts Americans can see the true wonders and challenges faced in our justice system as opposed to the staged theatrics of shows like Law and Order.

Barbara Cochran is the president of the Radio-Television News Directors Association & Foundation. She began her career as a journalist at the Washington Star, rising to managing editor. Cochran later served as news director and then Vice President of News for National Public Radio during which time she supervised the creation of “Morning Edition,

Judge Edward Becker serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and was Chief Judge from 1998 to 2003. Prior to his 1982 appointment to the Circuit Court, he served on U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Judge Becker is active in the American Bar Association, American Law Institute, and on judicial committees including current service on the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the U.S. He has taught law, written extensively on the judicial system and is the recipient of several awards, most recently the Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award given by the American Judicature Society.

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"Nothing is really real unless it “happens” on televison…Television has brought an inversion of our consciousness. When we take our eyes off the tube, we see things that are not quite authentic – or rather, which gain authenticity only by their resemblance to how things happen on television."

— Historian Daniel Boorstin

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