Report of the Committee to Study Extended Media Coverage of Criminal Trial Proceedings in Maryland
Group: Maryland Courts
The Committee was asked to study whether extended coverage, including still photography and electronic broadcasting, was appropriate for criminal trial courts in Maryland. Committee members and staff researched the history of extended coverage; reviewed literature that analyzed the impact of extended coverage on trial participants and the viewing public; solicited and received written testimony from interested parties; and conducted a public hearing. At the hearing, all witnesses who represented participants in the criminal justice process, including prosecutors, the public defender, the state bar association and victims’ rights advocates, were opposed to allowing television to broadcast Maryland criminal proceedings. All witnesses who represented media interests testified in favor of allowing criminal proceedings to be broadcast.
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