Cameras in court

It's your call

November 06, 1991

Callers to SUNDIAL, by a vote of 147 to 126, say TV and still cameras should not be allowed in courtrooms. That works out to 53 percent against, 46 percent in favor.

In a stronger disagreement among 273 callers, 221 (nearly 81 percent) say jury selections should not be televised, while 52 callers (19 percent) would favor it. Of 270 callers, 205 (nearly 76 percent) say jury selections should not be photographed by still cameras, and 65 (24 percent) disagree.

Courtroom trials should not be televised, say 151 of 268 callers (56 percent), while 117 (43 percent) say they should be. However, only 50.9 percent (137 out of 269 callers) would oppose photographing trials with still cameras, while 132 callers (49 percent) would favor it.

"It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as would be done in a scientific public opinion poll.

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