Candid Courtroom

Federal courts have approved San Francisco as a location for broadcast of judicial proceedings. Beginning in July, a three-year pilot program by the U.S. Judical Conference will allow cameras to monitor the actions of the U.S. Court of Appeals here (and in New York, as well as in federal district courts in Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington). Judges were given broad discretion, however, in handling requests for such media coverage. Cameras and radios have been banned from federal courts since 1937.

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