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Cameras in the Courtroom: Good Idea or Bad?

Take our poll and tell us if you like the idea of allowing court proceedings to be photographed and videotaped.

The Illinois Supreme Court is testing the concept of allowing video and still cameras in Illinois courtrooms. Today, it announced that it would conduct an experimental trial in run in the 14th Judicial Circuit, which is near the Iowa border and includes Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Whiteside counties, according to a story in the Chicago Tribune.

Proponents say allowing media coverage of court proceedings demystifies the judicial process and that the public has a right to see the system at work. Opponents counter that it could become a distraction, may hurt a defendant's right to a fair trial and turns courtroom proceedings into entertainment.

What do you think? Take our poll below, and explain your vote in the comment box.

rick bishop February 01, 2012 at 12:56 PM
A pictures worth a thousand words. Who need reporters then. People will only look at the photo and make up their mind from out of context comments attached to them. Not to mention the lawyers hamming it up like Perry Mason.
BitterBluePoison February 03, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Cameras can't capture the corruption of the Judicial system...but they might show some of how the system is a sham!

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