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Federal Courts To Begin First Digital Video Pilot 80

Posted by samzenpus
from the trial-tube dept.
coondoggie writes "Federal district courts have been prohibited from allowing any sort of electronic dissemination of trials since 1946, but that is about to change. Fourteen federal trial courts and 100 judges have been selected to take part in the federal Judiciary's three-year digital video pilot, which will begin July 18 and will go a long way towards determining the effect of cameras in courtrooms."
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Federal Courts To Begin First Digital Video Pilot

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  • by oh-dark-thirty (1648133) on Wednesday June 08, 2011 @03:01PM (#36378706)

    Public employees' work should be transparent to the people that pay their salaries, period. It is ironic how the police and law enforcement in general want cameras on all of us, but shine the spotlight on them and they cry foul.


  • Bad idea (Score:4, Interesting)

    by cpu6502 (1960974) on Wednesday June 08, 2011 @03:10PM (#36378826)

    (1) Adding video to Congress has not made anything more "transparent". Now the elected servants just hide in their offices to shaft the populace, and they use the floor to do pointless campaign speeches (posturing).

    (2) A judge's duty is to the law, even if that displeases the general population. Having a camera means he too will be giving speeches to get re-elected, instead of following the letter of the law.

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