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Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013 6:32 pm

The ban on cellphones in Franklin County’s judicial building is justified. There have been only a few problems to date, but the threat of more situations that could tamper with the judicial process is real. There is a safety element also.

A problem that surfaced was the recording of a court hearing and then transcribed for placement on the Internet. Cellphones have audio and video recording capabilities. The policy also extends to other devices, such as laptop computers and iPads that can record like cellphones.

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