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BSF's Ongoing Effort to Open Federal Courts to Cameras and the Internet Continues to Make Unprecedented Gains

December 20, 2009

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BSF client, Courtroom View Network, and Partner, Jonathan Sherman continue their successful advocacy to allowing video cameras in federal courtrooms.  Recently, the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council, which oversees all trial courts in California and other western states, announced on December 19 an experiment in which cameras will be permitted in civil trials throughout the Ninth Circuit.  In reporting on the move, The New York Times wrote that BSF partner "Jonathan Sherman, a lawyer at the firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner, who has long worked on behalf of media companies to get cameras into courtrooms, called the court's move "a landmark moment" that could signal a shift in judicial attitudes and an expansion of public access to federal courts." 

Links to the many articles that chronicle the Firm's effort in this area is below.

The New York Times, December 20, 2009
Rule Invites Cameras Into Federal Civil Cases

The American Lawyer, July 30, 2009
Cameras in the Courtroom with Jonathan Sherman

The Am Law Litigation Daily, April 7, 2009
First Circuit to Hear Arguments Over Webcasting Illegal Downloading Case, March 12, 2009
Courtroom View Network to Webcast Audio of John Thain Hearing Taking Place

The Am Law Litigation Daily, January 15, 2009
In Breakthrough Decision, Massachusetts Federal Judge Allows Internet Broadcast of Illegal Downloading Case

The Boston Globe, January 15, 2009
Webcam to cover music suit: High-interest case gets first court OK

Law Beat Comments (Blog), January 15, 2009
The Carnegie Legal Reporting Program @ Newhouse

Related Lawyers: Jonathan Sherman, Melissa Felder Zappala,

Related Practices: Litigation, Constitutional Law and First Amendment / Mass Media

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