Campaign Coverage 2020

Philly prosecutor petitions court to stop streaming trials

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner has filed a request with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to stop the livestreaming of trials on YouTube because of the potential for witness or juror intimidation and the inability to ensure someone watching isn’t recording the proceedings. Krasner filed the request to the state’s highest court Monday. In the petition, which directly asks the court to intervene because of the extraordinary circumstances, the district attorney’s office argues if a recording was made it could retraumatize victims, dissuade witnesses from cooperating or testifying or create a permanent video record even for those who are found not guilty.

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