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March 6, 2009

Federal courts becoming more transparent ... will SCOTUS follow?

This AP new article, headlined "Live coverage boosts access to federal courtrooms," highlights the growing tendency of federal trial courts to be more open and transparent even in criminal cases.  Here are snippets from the piece:

In a victory for news technology in federal courts, a judge is allowing a reporter to use the microblogging service Twitter to provide constant updates from a racketeering gang trial this week. It's not the first time online streaming has been allowed in courtrooms, but the practice is still rare in the federal system, especially in criminal cases....

Across the country, tech-savvy federal judges are becoming increasingly receptive to live courtroom media coverage using emerging technologies. Such coverage from journalists reporting from trials in state courts is already common....

Dave Aeikens, president of the Society of Professional Journalists, called [this] decision to allow courtroom Twitter postings "huge" for bolstering public access. "The technology keeps changing," Aeikens said. "How we gather and deliver news to people keeps changing. And the courts need to understand that and welcome that."

I hope the Supreme Court Justices are paying attention and allow for broadcasts of SCOTUS arguments before too long.

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I believe Justices Scalia and Souter are both on record that it will happen only after their demise.

Posted by: Def. Atty. | Mar 6, 2009 4:51:12 PM

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