Cameras in courts

Mass. extends journalists electronic access in courts

Haley Behre | Newsgathering | Feature | March 6, 2012
March 6, 2012

Journalists will soon be able to use laptop computers and other mobile electronic devices in Massachusetts courtrooms, after the state's highest court adopted a new rule designed to recognize changes in journalism and technology.

The rule also broadly defines "news media" and extends to any individual who gathers and disseminates information, whether in print or electronic format, about matters of public interest and concern to the public.

Promises of confidentiality require sealing of Prop. 8 video

Kristen Rasmussen | Secret Courts | Feature | February 2, 2012
February 2, 2012

Video recordings of the contentious trial that struck down California’s ban on same-sex marriage will likely not be released to the public after all, following a federal appellate court’s reversal today of a lower court’s finding that there was no compelling reason for the tapes to remain sealed.

Illinois Supreme Court approves cameras in trial courts

Kristen Rasmussen | Secret Courts | Feature | January 26, 2012
January 26, 2012

Cameras and recording devices will be allowed in some Illinois trials after the state’s high court earlier this week authorized extended media coverage on an experimental basis.

“Broadcasting, televising, recording and photographing” will be permitted in trial court sessions, according to the state Supreme Court’s Policy for Extended Media Coverage in the Circuit Courts of Illinois. The policy, effective immediately, was adopted Tuesday.

Congress considers bill requiring cameras in high Court

J.C. Derrick | Secret Courts | Feature | December 6, 2011
December 6, 2011

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Former Sen. Arlen Specter testifies in favor of allowing cameras in Supreme Court hearings.

Reporters Committee asks U.S. Supreme Court to allow audio, video coverage of health-care reform arguments

Press Release | November 18, 2011
November 18, 2011

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has written to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts asking the Court to allow audio and video recording of upcoming oral arguments in the three cases involving proposed federal health-care legislation.

Letter to U.S. Supreme Court on access to arguments in health care reform law cases

November 18, 2011

Request that the Court provide audio and video recordings of oral arguments in the three cases addressing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Judge rules Proposition 8 trial video must be unsealed

Kirsten Berg | Secret Courts | Feature | September 20, 2011
September 20, 2011

Video recordings of the contentious trial that struck down California’s ban on same-sex marriage should be released to the public, a federal judge in San Francisco ordered Monday, ruling that there is no compelling reason that the tapes should remain sealed.

Guidelines announced for federal courtroom camera pilot

Emily Peterson | Secret Courts | Feature | June 9, 2011
June 9, 2011

Cameras placed in federal courtrooms as part of a three-year pilot project will be controlled by judges and not instantly available to the media, according to guidelines announced Wednesday.

Prop. 8 supporters ask to seal trial video after partial release

Kacey Deamer | Secret Courts | Feature | April 14, 2011
April 14, 2011

Cameras in the courtroom continue to incite debate, with a motion filed this week concerning the use of recordings of last year's trial court proceedings challenging Proposition 8, California's ban on gay marriage. The proponents of Proposition 8 on Wednesday asked the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco (9th Cir.) to order the now-retired judge who last year presided over the trial in Perry v.

Court allows broadcast in Calif. same-sex marriage appeal

Derek Green | Secret Courts | Feature | December 7, 2010
December 7, 2010

The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco (9th Cir.) allowed the live broadcast Monday of more than two hours of oral arguments in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, a case challenging the constitutionality of California’s ban on same-sex marriages.

The hearing before the three-judge panel is the latest legal step in the case brought by two same-sex couples to challenge California’s Proposition 8, an amendment to the state constitution enacted by voters in 2008.