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Linda Parker, during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan. October 30, 2013. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM.

Figuring Out the Record on Court Recording

This week’s big legal news was the six-hour sanctions hearing for the Trump-allied lawyers over a Michigan lawsuit that sought to overturn last year’s election results—but the virtual hearing is raising interesting questions about public access to, and recordings of, those kinds of proceedings.