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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Courts in surrounding states continue to smile for the cameras

It’s good enough for Wisconsin, Iowa, and South Dakota. But not for Minnesota.

Our neighbors to the west are actually not the latest state to allow cameras and other recording devices into its Supreme Court -- it did so in 2001. But now, thanks to a high court ruling, South Dakota has expanded the use of recording devices, allowing cameras and tape recorders in its circuit courts. Next up in SoDak: A study of whether cameras should be allowed in lower courts.

Meanwhile, as has been reported in Minnesota Lawyer, the issue of cameras in our courtrooms is a dead discussion for the time being, despite endorsements of the practice from judges in both Iowa and Wisconsin.

Do we know something that all the states around us don’t know? Or is it the other way around?

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