Congressional Delegation debate allowing cameras in federal court

Cameras are already allowed in state/district courts with the judge's approval.

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BOSTON (WWLP) – The issue of having cameras inside federal courtrooms has recently been raised again. This time, during the trial of the Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokar Tsarnaev.

In some state and district court rooms, the judge can decide whether or not a camera will be allowed. If the judge approves, different media organizations will often share footage gathered by a single camera.

With the Tsarnaev trial, people have to rely on artist renderings and descriptions from people inside the courtroom. It was same for the federal trial of the Boston mobster, Whitey Bulger, who is serving two life sentences.

22News asked one man what he thought about creating rules for federal court that are similar to state and district court.

“Yeah, I think so. You know, off hand, I don’t see why the rules should be any different from the federal and state court districts,” says Russ Prikot of Gill.

Massachusetts’ all-Democratic Congressional Delegation has been split on the question to allow cameras inside federal courtrooms. Two have co-sponsored bill in support of the measure.

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