The Plackowska case marked the first time cameras were allowed inside the courtroom to document the proceedings in DuPage County.
The decision comes after the Supreme Court ruled earlier this year to begin allowing cameras in Illinois courtrooms across 23 counties.
Judge Robert Kleemnan ruled to allow one still and one video camera in the courtroom by the jury box, instead of the media’s originally requested four cameras for Plackowska’s arraignment. The Judge and attorneys agreed the extra cameras, located by the witness stand, could be distracting.
The media has to file a new request for every court appearance they want to record, and the final decision is up to the judge.
If this new system continues to work well in DuPage County, Cook County may soon implement the same system.
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