Allow cameras in court

The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Mohammed Noor for the killing of Justine Ruszczyk raises once again the question of whether cameras should be allowed in Minnesota courtrooms.

Minnesota courts are usually closed to cameras, except during very limited situations, usually after a guilty plea has been entered or guilt found by a jury.

There is a great deal of public interest in this case, and there will undoubtedly be questions about the trial, whether Noor is found guilty or is acquitted.

These kind of questions could be most effectively answered if the public has had the ability to watch the trial as it unfolds. Video cameras and audio recordings would be the best method for showing the public what goes on during the trial.

We think the Minnesota Supreme Court, which sets the rules for the state’s courtrooms, should loosen the restrictions and allow more cameras in court.

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