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Court TV loses bid to lift N.Y. camera ban

(Posted July 12, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

NEW YORK - Court TV has lost its attempt to get cameras in the courtrooms of New York.

The New York Court of Appeals denied Court TVís lawsuit seeking access to trial courtrooms in a decision released Thursday. In the decision, written by Judge G.B. Smith, the court said a 1952 law banning cameras in New York state courtrooms was constitutional and didnít violate the First Amendment protecting free speech.

The case stems from a September 2001 conflict between Court TV and New York District Attorney Robert Morgenthau. Court TV had argued that the law was unconstitutional under the First Amendment and state laws of freedom of the press.

New York is the only state with a total ban on cameras in the courtroom. (It has allowed cameras four times since 1987 on a temporary basis.) But the state argued -- and the courts agreed -- that all media are guaranteed access to legal proceedings; itís just that cameras arenít allowed.

Source: MSNBC

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