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    Ethical and Legal Implications of Cameras in the Courtroom

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    In eleven pages the addition of cameras in the courtroom is assessed according to their ethical and legal implications with a consideration of purpose from supporting and opposing sides. Ten sources are cited in the bibliography.

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    the country to show in intricate detail just how the process is achieved. After all, both the public and the system itself stand to learn quite a bit from  televised trials (Rosenberg, 1997). From a taxpayers point of view, people have every right to know what is happening inside the very courtrooms their tax dollars furnish. Supporters  of cameras contend that each citizen should have the option of seeing just what their money is paying for, as well as be privy to every minute detail that may  not otherwise make it into a reporters account of the trial (Barnes, 1995). However, the question that comes immediately to the minds of many critics when the issue of  courtroom cameras is broached, is what actual purpose do they serve by being there? II. ETHICS VERSUS INFORMATION The presence of television  cameras in todays courtrooms presents quite a dichotomy with regard to the legal and ethical ramifications surrounding the hotly debated issue. Opponents of such allowances claim there exists a  multitude of problems stemming from the media having access inside the courtroom, while proponents say it is every citizens right to see what is going on in the present judicial  system. No matter which way ones opinion may stand, the fact remains that cameras in the courtroom have created an unprecedented obstacle that has both sides debating whether the  final outcome of any given trial will be influenced one way or another. In the entire world, the country having by far the  most experience with courtroom cameras is the United States. The early 1990s reflected a trend that saw forty-five states permitting the use of courtroom cameras both experimentally and permanently. 

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