COVID brought cameras, Zoom to courtroom, Chauvin trial: Will it last?

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Nearly 22.8 million Americans watched last month as a Minnesota jury found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murdering George Floyd with a knee on his neck. 

Hundreds of thousands of people listened to livestreamed audio last year as the Supreme Court heard arguments over whether then-President Donald Trump’s tax returns should be turned over to investigators.

Even less well-known cases are drawing keen public interest. Roughly 350 people watched via Zoom on Tuesday as former nursing assistant Reta Mays was sentenced in federal court to seven life terms in prison for using insulin to murder aging patients in a West Virginia VA hospital.

Little more than a year ago, these sights and sounds would have been unavailable to anyone outside the courtroom. But the COVID-19 pandemic has accomplished what years of efforts by advocates for criminal justice system transparency could not: It has thawed historic opposition to widespread use of cameras and microphones in courts.

Scott Tufts, senior vice president of Court TV, a multi-platform network seen on television, online and on mobile apps, and which handled the livestream of the Chauvin trial, said that case and others represent “a turning point, for sure” in efforts to expand electronic coverage of court proceedings.

‘They need to be watched’:How livestreaming the Derek Chauvin trial lets people of color monitor the justice system

“Federal courts are famously behind the times on technology, so it was always going to take an earth-shattering event, like a pandemic, to bring them up to speed,” said Gabe Roth, executive director of Fix the Court, a nonpartisan organization working to make courts more accountable to the American public.

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Owen Mayhttps://allstocksnews.com
Owen May is the editor-in-chief of AllStocksNews. He has a master's in economics and you will find him covering various topics.

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