Although two-thirds of New Yorkers believe that televising criminal trials helps the public to understand the criminal justice system, only half endorse television coverage, according to a New York Law Journal poll on cameras in the courts.

The disparity between black respondents and white respondents on the issue is, however, significant. Nearly two-thirds of the black respondents, 63 percent, think that televising criminal trials is a good idea, while less than half, 47 percent, of the white respondents favor it.

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