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Aurora Theater Shooting: Trial Can be Broadcast, Judge Rules

By John Ingold | The Denver Post

The news media will be able to broadcast a closed-circuit feed of the Aurora movie theater trial but will not be able to film the proceedings with its own cameras, according to a ruling issued Tuesday.

Arapahoe County Chief District Court Judge Carlos Samour, who is overseeing the case, wrote in his order that the only feed from the courtroom will come from a ceiling-mounted camera. The camera has previously been used to transmit the court proceedings to overflow rooms where victims or members of the media could watch significant hearings in the case.

The camera is in a fixed position, meaning it will not be able to pan the courtroom or zoom in or zoom out. Samour ruled that the camera will show only "the witness stand, the screen above the witness stand for presentation of evidence, the defense table, part of the prosecution table, the podium, the courtroom well and the (judge)."

The closed-circuit feed also includes audio.

The arrangement is less than what TV stations asked for when requesting to broadcast the trial using a dedicated camera. Samour also denied a request from The Denver Post to have a still photographer in the courtroom during the trial. He further restricted where members of the media can stand outside the courthouse when taking pictures, conducting interviews or broadcasting their reports.

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Background Photo Credit: Kasia Broussalian © 2015