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Cameras now allowed in East Central IL Courtrooms
Six central Illinois counties will now allow cameras in the courtroom. The decision brings the total number of counties participating in the pilot program to 35.
News cameras will now be allowed in trial courts in the sixth judicial circuit. The circuit is comprised of Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Macon, Moultrie, and Piatt counties.
While the chief justices are thrilled with the decision, Macon County State's Attorney Jay Scott has concerns.
"I think it has the potential to make trying cases more difficult when you have a lot of media exposure," Scott said. "One thing about this rule is the judge has an automatic right to say no. So certain cases, the judge can do that and avoid having what we sometimes see as a media circus that surrounds trials."
With today's announcement, about 1/3 of Illinois counties now allow cameras and microphones in the courtroom.