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Cameras in Courtrooms

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's federal judges have agreed to a pilot project that could televise some civil trials - 16 years after the judges ended a similar experiment.

Appeals court judge David Sentelle told reporters Tuesday that many of the details remain to be worked out, but that cameras could not record the faces of witnesses and jurors. Sentelle also said either side in a lawsuit could keep cameras out.

The move by the policymaking body for the federal judiciary, the Judicial Conference, follows an aborted effort to have video recordings of the trial over California's ban on gay marriage posted on the Internet.

In January, the Supreme Court nixed a plan by Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker in San Francisco to have cameras record the trial.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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