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Casey Anthony Trial Coverage Couldn’t Happen in Illinois

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Casey Anthony (L) talks with her attorney Dorothy Clay Sims during her sentencing hearing on charges of lying to a law enforcement officer at the Orange County Courthouse July 7, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.  Anthony was acquitted of murder charges on July 5, 2011.(Getty/Joe Burbank)

Casey Anthony (L) talks with her attorney Dorothy Clay Sims during her sentencing hearing on charges of lying to a law enforcement officer at the Orange County Courthouse July 7, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. Anthony was acquitted of murder charges on July 5, 2011.(Getty/Joe Burbank)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) - From O.J. Simpson to Casey Anthony — the nation seems attached to broadcast coverage of murder trials. 

That type of  coverage isn’t possible in Illinois. Cameras and microphones are not allowed in Illinois’ trial courts.  

Jennifer Fuller, the president of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association, tells KMOX News the state supreme court has turned down requests to lift the ban.  Fuller says, even so, it’s time to try again, “We will be contacting the state supreme court again to talk to them about our options and to see if maybe there’s a way we can explain to them what we’re looking for. Maybe we can find a compromise or some way to get things started on a small scale. The hope eventually would be to open things up across the state.”

Most states already allow cameras and microphones in trial courts. 

Fuller says with so many Illinois courtrooms already equipped with microphones, allowing broadcast coverage, technically, would be easy, “If you’ve already got a microphone on the witness stand or if you have electronic equipment in the room, how can we get in on that and help with that, in order to let the judicial system be completely open to the public?”

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