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219 The Courts are full of real-life drama that everyone can relate to. The judge is a player, the jurors are players and even the media is a player. The law becomes a format for the human drama. It is the place where there are rules and we watch the game played out. According to Steven Brill, trials with lawyers holding two opposing positions, a judge acting as an arbiter and a jury to bring closure to the matter, are “perfectly east in an understandable way”. 220 Chief Justice William Rehnquist sits atop one of our three equal branches of government.

S. 172 In September 1990, the Judicial Conference adopted these recommendations173 and authorized the three-year pilot program allowing electronic media coverage of civil proceedings in selected federal trial and appellate courts, subject to guidelines approved by the Judicial Conference. The Federal Judicial Center (FJC) agreed to monitor and evaluate the pilot program. S. S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Ninth Circuits. The pilot courts were selected from courts that had volunteered to participate in the experiment.

Despite this trend in the lower federal courts, the Ohio Court of Appeals suggested in Cosmos Broadcasting v. 209 However, Diane Zimmerman, a professor of law at New York University School of Law, argues that the restriction of cameras is not merely a time, place and manner restriction. 210 As Mercy Hermida stated, “Freedom of the press, in its simplest form, involves the concept that people should be able to express themselves by communicating their thoughts on paper. 211 However, members of the media maintain that the public’s right to know is sufficient to justify their “hot pursuit of criminal cases” and access to criminal trials212 Leo Wolinsky, metro editor of the Los Angeles Times stated, “our reason for being here is not to assure whether someone gets a fair trial but to get facts out to the public in such a way that’s accurate and fair.

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