The judge presiding over the Peter Porco murder trial joined a handful of jurists statewide on Thursday in holding that New York’s 54-year ban on cameras in the courts does not extend to still photography.

Orange County, N.Y., Judge Jeffrey G. Berry also suggested the ban does not encompass portions of a trial, such as closing arguments, that do not involve compulsory testimony. Hence, there is no statutory prohibition to either still or motion picture cameras during those parts of a trial.

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