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The E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse, home of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, on June 6, 2020. The building remains closed to many due to the coronavirus pandemic, save judges, court staff, members of the media, and people with official business before the court. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

A top administrative official for the federal judiciary has declined a request to allow the livestreaming of all federal court proceedings in Capitol riot cases, pointing to a current block on that kind of access in the rules governing how criminal cases are conducted.

In a letter sent Monday, Roslynn Mauskopf, the new director for the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, wrote that the current federal rule “prohibits the taking of photographs in the courtroom during judicial proceedings or the broadcasting of judicial proceedings from the courtroom,” unless allowed under those same rules or by law.

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