A New York judge has upheld the constitutionality of a law that bans cameras from the state’s courts.
Court TV had launched a suit against the State of New York, one of nine states that bans cameras at trial courts.
David Boies, managing partner at Boies Schiller & Flexner, argued that the ban on cameras be lifted as the state was violating the First Amendment of the US and New York State constitutions (which give citizens the right to freedom of speech).
But on 15 July, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Shirley Werner Kornreich concluded that there had been enough detrimental proof from the 10-year experimental period, between 1987 and 1997.
She wrote: “There was credible testimony that some witnesses had been deterred from testifying by the prospect of being filmed, while others had been negatively affected at trial.”