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Legislation Would Reauthorize Cameras in New York Courtrooms

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – The State Legislature is considering a bill that would once again permit video cameras and microphones inside the state's courtrooms.

Between 1987 and 1997, cameras were allowed. But the law permitting such coverage expired.

Buffalo attorney and former photojournalist Mickey Osterreicher traveled to the state capitol MoNday to urge legislators to pass the bill. Osterreicher says there's no evidence that the presence of cameras adversely affects a defendant's right to a fair trial.

The State Bar Association supports restoration of cameras in the courts, saying such video coverage would enhance the public's understanding of how the court system works.

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