Journalists, attorneys oppose change restricting cameras in Utah courts

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  • moonchiled West Valley, UT
    June 22, 2014 10:27 p.m.

    I disagree with My2Cents. If the cameras were allowed in a documentary type of way, no recognition of the parties involved and not in a talk show manner, I believe it's valuable. I wish I would have had this to watch prior to my divorce proceedings. I would have known what the lawyers should and shouldn't be doing, saving me thousands of dollars and years of time. It would help the people involved be more knowledgeable of what is needed for a particular hearing which would result in not wasting the courts time for one hearing after another. I have seen even lawyers not have all the documentation needed to address specific issues and no communication between parties prior to a hearing. If the general public had an informative, non-biased avenue to research, everyone would benefit.
    Additionally, there is the matter of judges and commissioners not following the same rules for the same matters. If they could see what their peers were doing, it may help them all distribute justice evenly and similarly. Not produce varying, unexpected results and dispel certain rumors about judicial preference with certain ideals.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    June 22, 2014 3:05 a.m.

    I have to agree with and maintain the no cameras in the courts laws. The courts are not the playground for journalist to sit back and publicly perform and separated trial with commentary and speculative simultaneous broadcast by news media. The judge must maintain some law and order in a trial and broadcast cameras intimidate judges to keep due process and justice sacred event.

    It is imperative to keep trials and court room justice from intimidation by novelist in the news media interfering with criticisms of trials and procedure and witnesses. The news media made a mockery of judicial system and trails of many celebrities that had deep implications on jury members and witness exposed to broadcast commentaries and investigations outside the trials in progress.

    Most citizens shun the court rooms because due process in court or trials are long and private. News media trials is a process of condensed omission of fact for sensationalism and a deadly weapon by prosecutors and the justice system to intimidate public opinion. A trial belongs in one court room where the judge is in control of the process, not the new media seeking sensationalism.