A judge in Modesto, Ca., has prohibited cameras and recording devices from the Sept. 9 preliminary hearing in the widely publicized case of murder defendant Scott Peterson. Judge Al Girolami of the Stanislaus County Superior Court, agreeing with requests from prosecutors and the family of slain Modesto woman Laci Peterson, said he did not want to the case to become a “reality tv” show, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
“It involves the victims’ families, who will be forced to relive their worst nightmare in a very public way, which unfortunately is necessary to the process,” Girolami said. “Televising these passionate proceedings is not, however, necessary to the process.”
Girolami had denied requests by Peterson’s attorneys to exclude the public from the hearing, when prosecutors will present evidence against the 30-year-old fertilizer salesman in the deaths of his 27-year-old wife and their unborn son. The judge said he was leaning against a change of venue and that allowing a televised hearing would increase the odds of such a shift.