Court rules block public access to legal proceedings

Senate conservatives are joining Democratic colleagues in pushing the U.S. Supreme Court to televise oral arguments. The Judiciary Committee approved a bill requiring live broadcasts. The Court presently releases same-day audio for major cases. (Fox News, July 13, 2021, by Chad Pergram)

A North Caroline reporter was sentenced to five days in jail and reprimanded for recording a murder trial. Mathew Sasser and his editor thought that it was only impermissible to use a cell phone in court. The rules against recording a trial are commonplace in federal and state courthouses making reporters use slow longhand to capture the proceedings. Erik Wemple, The Washington Post, July 14, 2021, argues that the rationales for restricting the press are weak and block accurate reporting.

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