Posted: Sep 14, 2010 3:29 PM by Melissa Canone
WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's federal judges have agreed to a
pilot project that could televise some civil trials - 16 years
after the judges ended a similar experiment.
Appeals court judge David Sentelle told reporters Tuesday that
many of the details remain to be worked out, but that cameras could
not record the faces of witnesses and jurors. Sentelle also said
either side in a lawsuit could keep cameras out.
The move by the policymaking body for the federal judiciary, the
Judicial Conference, follows an aborted effort to have video
recordings of the trial over California's ban on gay marriage
posted on the Internet.
In January, the Supreme Court nixed a plan by Chief U.S.
District Judge Vaughn R. Walker in San Francisco to have cameras
record the trial.