Judges mull over more courtroom cameras

The rare occurrence of courtroom filming in Michael Skakel?s hearing has some fans from the Connecticut Judicial Branch.Judicial officials are pleased with the coverage of Skakel?s hearing for a new murder trial and are considering allowing more filming in the future. Connecticut state law permits cameras in the courtroom, but only after a specific request submitted to the presiding judge has been approved. Judge Edward Karazin presided over the Skakel hearing and approved the request to allow the cameras? presence despite objections from the defense and prosecuting attorneys. Judge Karazin made mention during the hearing how having courtroom cameras can be useful to a trial.Administrative Judge John Kavanewsky, the judge from Skakel?s murder trial, shared Judge Karazin?s point of view. He says he saw educational benefits in the filming and believes it was also beneficial for the public to be able to view the proceedings.?This is a real educational tool because it is allowing the public to see how another branch of government does operate,? said Karazin.

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