Friday, April 30, 2010

Courts, Cameras and 1152 Years in Prison

Really? I don't usually disagree with Talk Left's Jaralyn Merritt, but she loses me with this comment on a Denver sentencing hearing:

Forcing a defendant to be on television is wrong. Cameras in the courtroom should be allowed only if the defendant consents.

If there is any right to cameras in courtrooms, that right surely belongs to the public, rather than criminally-charged defendants - especially convicted ones.

The balance of her post, which addresses the absurdity of sentencing anyone to 1,152 years in prison, is bang-on, however.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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