Maryland In Minority Of States Barring Cameras In Criminal Courtrooms


In his assault case in Atlantic City, N.J., Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice was followed by television cameras. Inside was no relief from their lenses, with cameras rolling and photographers snapping pictures as the All-Pro pleaded not guilty, says the Baltimore Sun. That would not have been the case had Rice’s arrest occurred in Maryland, bans photography and recording in its criminal courts. The restrictions put Maryland in a minority.

Baltimore court proceedings are recorded by the courts themselves, and the public can view redacted proceedings in the court reporter’s office. Those recordings cannot leave the courthouse or be reproduced. In 2012, the Illinois Supreme Court lifted a ban on filming inside courtrooms, and in May 2013 cameras were rolling for the first time during the trial of a man accused of a triple murder. State officials in Utah also recently approved cameras in courtrooms. In Indiana, courts experimented with a camera affixed to a wall that streamed proceedings online. Researchers determined that it had no negative effect on trial proceedings, according to Indiana Public Radio.

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