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An eye in the court

Having cameras in the courtroom has been inconceivable in Minnesota for years. Judges and attorneys alike have feared the impact the idea millions of people could be watching might have on witnesses and jurors.

The Derek Chauvin trial is the first trial to allow gavel to gavel coverage. People watching are receiving a greater education in courtroom procedures and hopefully will have a better trust in the outcome. Cameras are controlled — no shots of the jury are allowed, and some witnesses have been kept off camera too.

We hope this experience will lead to more openness in trial coverage in the state.

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