The New York Court of Appeals upheld Thursday the state's 53-year-old ban on cameras in the courts, declining to address Court TV's argument that judges have discretionary power to decide on a case-by-case basis if cameras should be allowed in their courtroom. The state's highest court made clear that the press has no greater right of access to the courtroom than the general public, and that the state Legislature, not the courts, should decide if televising trials is in the public interest.
In Loss for Court TV, N.Y. Judges Continue Ban on Cameras in Courts
New York Law Journal
June 17, 2005