Trump Hearings Prohibited From Live Broadcast by US Court

New York Supreme Court Justice Juan Mercan has denied several media outlets’ request for permission to broadcast former President Donald Trump’s hearings.

While Trump’s impeachment is considered a public measure, news cameras are generally not allowed to broadcast from the courtroom.

Judge Merchan said only five photographers would be allowed to take pictures of Trump and the courtroom before the hearing.

“It cannot be disputed that this impeachment raises an issue of great importance. Never before in the history of the United States has a sitting or former president been prosecuted. Trump’s impeachment generated unprecedented public and media interest,” Merchan wrote. in response to a media request. The public rightly craves the most accurate and up-to-date information available, and to suggest otherwise would be disingenuous.”

“While the media’s request is understandable, the interests of news organizations in ensuring the widest possible access to hearings must be weighed against competing interests,” he added.

Earlier Monday, Trump’s lawyers urged the judge to deny the media’s request for cameras in the courtroom.

The media attempting to install cameras in the courtroom argued that “the seriousness of this procedure … and therefore the need to reach as wide an audience as possible cannot be overemphasized.”

The indictment is based on Manhattan Attorney General Alvin Bragg’s investigation into tacit cash payments during the 2016 presidential campaign to women who allege that Trump had extramarital affairs.

The former president denies any wrongdoing, and his lawyers said last week they would fight to have the charges dropped.

Source: CNN

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