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Senate to Debate Over TV Cameras in Courts

November 30, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

All federal judges would have the option of allowing television cameras to broadcast trials live from their courtrooms under a bill approved by a Senate committee.

The bill, which goes to the Senate, was approved by the Judiciary Committee in a 12-7 vote.

The legislation, unchanged from an earlier proposal that failed in Congress last year, would give judges the option of allowing their proceedings to be televised and photographed. "It's clearly optional and up to the judges," said Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), one of the sponsors of the bill.

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