The Initial Request For TV Cameras In Court Is Officially Denied By Bryan Kohberger Judge

Following an order from November stating that he would take control of the footage of the proceedings against suspect Bryan Kohberger, a student murderer, Latah County District Judge John Judge has officially denied his first request for TV cameras in court.

The Initial Request For TV Cameras In Court Is Officially Denied By Bryan Kohberger Judge

The court sought to grant KXLY, a TV station in Spokane, Washington, permission to film and take still images during the 29-year-old Kohberger’s scheduled hearing on January 26.

The judge wrote, “Denied,” and included a copy of his Nov. 17, 2023, decision allowing Kohberger to have the media cameras removed from the courtroom, but stating that the court will broadcast the proceedings independently.

“It is the intense focus on Kohberger and his every move, along with adverse headlines and news articles, that leads the Court to conclude that continued photograph and video coverage inside the courtroom by the media should no longer be permitted,” Judge wrote at the time.

Future hearings are anticipated to be streamed live on the judge’s YouTube account.

Fox News Digital was informed by Royal Oakes, who successfully pushed for TV cameras during the O.J. Simpson murder trial, that it is a “bad idea” to remove professional news teams from management of the courtroom footage.

“It’s a little bit like saying, ‘Well, you can film the football game but only in the nosebleed seats at the very top and one of the end zones,’” he said. “You’re not going to get the nuances. That’s the whole idea, for people to be able to judge demeanour, how people are feeling, what they’re saying, and you can’t do that if it’s really a remote.”

He stated that since taxpayers bear the expense of criminal court proceedings, the public has a stake in them.

“It’s kind of like that old Ronald Reagan line from his campaign, ‘I paid for this microphone, Bill,’” Oakes said. “We paid for this courtroom. We’re entitled to see our judicial system at work.”

According to public information, Kohberger’s defense alone cost the taxpayers more over $270,000 in the first three quarters of 2023, as reported by Fox News Digital.

Judge claimed in his November ruling that the media had disregarded his directions not to film before or after court sessions and not to focus only on Kohberger’s face.

According to Oakes, Idaho law prohibits the media from appealing a judge’s denial. However, the court may be able to take other action in addition to taking over the cameras.

“There’s really no reason to prefer an automatic, installed court system camera as opposed to professionals who know how to do things,” he told Fox News Digital. “Now, the court seems to be unhappy that some of the rules were violated, fine. Then bar the people who are breaking the rules, but let the public see a professionally produced courtroom scene.”

Kohberger is accused of fatally stabbing three University of Idaho students, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, in a 4 a.m. ambush at their rental home on November 13, 2022. The fourth victim, 20-year-old Ethan Chapin, lived 200 yards away in the campus Sigma Chi fraternity house and was spending the night in Kernodle’s room.

Each of the four victims had sustained several stab wounds. When the massacre began, several of them were asleep. Under Mogen’s body, according to investigators, was a knife sheath bearing the suspect’s DNA.

At the time of the crime, Kohberger, who turns 29 this week, was enrolled in the nearby Washington State University’s criminology doctoral program. He graduated with a master’s in criminal justice from Pennsylvania’s DeSales University.

He did not enter a plea during his May arraignment. On his behalf, the judge entered not-guilty pleas to four counts of first-degree murder and one count of criminal burglary. If found guilty, he might be executed by firing squad. This summer, prosecutors have requested that a trial last six weeks.

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