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Allowing cameras in courtrooms advances careers of judges, prosecutors

Terrence J. O'Hagan, JD, Frisco

In all the specious arguments about “the public’s right to know,” there is still just one, single reason for allowing cameras in the courtroom in highly visible cases (or any other, for that matter)!

The reason is, of course, the advancement of the careers of judges and prosecutors.

The pressures exerted by NBC, CNN, Fox, the Los Angeles Times, and sometimes even the Denver Post, are often too strong for the less formidable judges, with tacit urging of prosecutors, to resist.

It was, is and always will be the wrong decision, made worse by the personal motivations involved, which compromise the entire judicial system in the eyes of the public.

It can only become a feeding frenzy for the media types until something better comes along to take the focus off the presumably innocent defendant.

The only lasting effect is the chilling result of further destroying the public’s respect and confidence in the system many of us have spent most of our adult lives trying to promote and bolster.

But, of course, the media cares nothing about that. It’s a “hot news” day for as long as that horse can be ridden!

Wrong, wrong, wrong! Shades of Lance Ito!


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