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Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 5:00 pm

We believe in openness in government, but there has to be common sense exercised when it comes to cellphones in courtrooms. There’s a limit as to what should be tolerated in courtrooms in the sense of fairness to all concerned.

Some judges are concerned about cellphones with camera capabilities being allowed in courtrooms. We share their concerns. The current policy of permitting a judge to decide whether media cameras should be allowed in his or her courtroom has worked about as well as could be expected. Some judges never allow cameras. Other judges do depending on the case being heard. With controls set by the judge, it is possible to satisfy concerns.

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