Trump's attorneys against cameras during Tuesday's arraignment to prevent a 'circus-like' occasion

 April 4, 2023

Former President Donald Trump's attorneys blocked media outlets' request for cameras in the Manhattan courthouse where his arraignment on criminal charges is slated for Tuesday, according to CNBC.

“We submit that the media request should be denied because it will create a circus-like atmosphere at the arraignment, raise unique security concerns, and is inconsistent with President Trump’s presumption of innocence,” Trump’s lawyers wrote in their letter to Judge Juan Merchan.

It was made public when Trump was en route from Florida to New York City for his court appearance.

Thursday, CNBC reported, a grand jury accused Trump on charges linked to his former attorney's $130,000 hush money payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels in 2016.

CNBC reports that media groups requested permission to cover Trump's arraignment since he is the first former president to face criminal charges.

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Multiple media outlets, including NBC News, The Associated Press, and The New York Times, made the request, according to NBC, stating:

“The gravity of this proceeding — unprecedented and historic arraignment of a former U.S. President — and, consequently, the need for the broadest possible public access, cannot be overstated.”

According to The Hill, New York is one of the few U.S. jurisdictions that still forbids cameras in the courtroom.

Monday, CNN reported a survey indicating that 60% of Americans support the indictment of Donald Trump, but 76% feel politics had a part, with 52% stating that politics played a "major role."

In a high-profile trial that has captured the nation's attention, the use of cameras in the courtroom has become a topic of debate. The trial, which involves a prominent public figure accused of a heinous crime, has garnered widespread media coverage and sparked a public outcry for justice.

Cameras in the Court Room in High-Profile Cases

On the one hand, having cameras in the courtroom can promote transparency and accountability in the justice system. By allowing the public to witness the proceedings firsthand, cameras can increase the public's trust in the judicial process and ensure that justice is being served.

Moreover, cameras can help educate the public about legal procedures and the complexities of the justice system. They can also serve as a deterrent for potential criminals, as the knowledge that their actions could be broadcasted to the world may dissuade them from committing crimes.

However, there are also concerns that cameras can have a negative impact on the trial and the individuals involved. Cameras can create a media circus, with reporters and spectators vying for attention and potentially disrupting the proceedings.

Furthermore, cameras can put undue pressure on witnesses and jurors, who may feel uncomfortable or intimidated by the presence of cameras. This can ultimately compromise the fairness and integrity of the trial.

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