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Allowing Cameras In The Courtroom

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 1:24pm
Updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 3:56pm
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To film or not to film. Cameras in the courtroom have been a controversial subject. Earlier this week in the midst of discussing the sentencing of Jodi Arias, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery talked about how huge a media circus had been created by people eager to be on hand for the trial's verdict, because so many of them had watched the case unfold on television.

Many observers are concerned that filming in the courtroom also makes it difficult to choose unbiased jurors, and what about the U.S. Supreme Court? Why do we not see the justices in action?

 Nancy Marder, professor of law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and author of the article "The Conundrum of Cameras in the Courtroom," shared her thoughts on the pros and cons and challenges of cameras in the courtroom. Melissa Ho,  shareholder in the law firm Polsinelli, discussed the issue in studio.