There’s a story today on the AP wire about an upcoming meeting to go over proposals that would allow cameras and other recording devices in our state courts.
As you could have probably guessed, I’m all for cameras and recording devices in courts. We already have open court proceedings that anybody can walk into and watch. Why then would we not allow those proceedings to be broadcast?
The one reservation I have about allowing cameras in court is the way it could affect newspapers. Right now, we have a monopoly of sorts on court coverage because our broadcast competitors are hamstrung by the ban on cameras in the courtroom. Losing that advantage is a small price to pay, though, for greater openness in government.
I’m curious to know where you, the public, stands on this issue. Should cameras be allowed in our courtrooms?