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Idaho Murder Trial Sparks Debate Over Camera Ban in Courtroom


A coalition of news organizations, led by and joined by 32 others, asked an Idaho judge to reject a request to ban cameras from the courtroom in the high-profile triple murder case of Lori Vallow Daybell, who is accused of conspiring with her new husband to kill her two children and her husband’s late wife, reports the Washington Post. Daybell’s attorneys contend that one news organization abused the privilege to videotape the proceedings when it repeatedly zoomed in on Vallow Daybell’s face during an Aug. 16 hearing. The defense attorneys also suggested that a video camera could be used to zoom in on any notes written between themselves and Vallow Daybell, violating attorney-client confidentiality rules.  Steven Wright, the attorney representing the news organizations, countered that trained technical staffers monitor the hearing to ensure that no inappropriate information is captured.

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