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Court TV goes to court

Courtroom Television Network presented oral arguments Thursday in New York
in an effort to overturn that state's ban on cameras in trial courts.

High-powered attorney David Boies (Bush vs. Gore) is arguing for a
declaratory judgment that the ban is unconstitutional.

'Our suit seeks to give state court judges the discretion to provide the
electronic media with the same right to cover trials in New York as the print media,' said Henry Schleiff, chairman and CEO of Court TV, in a
prepared statement.

According to Court TV, New York is one of 11 states still preventing cameras
in trial courts.

All 50 states allow some type of electronic coverage of
either trial or civil courts.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.