STORY: "Courtroom cameras could expand into more area courtrooms," by multimedia journalist Jeremy Culver, published by WGEM on March 14, 2017.
GIST: "The Curtis Lovelace Murder trial
last week served as the first in the 8th Judicial Circuit to allow
cameras in the courtroom. Now, officials are saying the success of
cameras in the courtroom could pave the way for more transparency in
future trials. Chief Judge Diane Lagoski said they planned for
the worst and actually got the best. The circuit approved cameras in the
courtroom just before the trial. Lagoski says they planned to use the
trial as a test run for how it would be in future trials. She says
the careful planning prevented the camera from being a distraction and
feels it also gave residents a better perspective on how the court
system works. "The public generally does not know what we do in
our jobs," Lagoski said. "This gave them just a sense of what goes on in
our daily lives." Currently, cameras are only approved in the
Adams County courthouse. Lagoski plans to talk with the other circuit
judges in the coming months to figure out the process of implementing it
in courthouses across the circuit."
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