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Utah Opens Trial Courts to TV and Radio Coverage

Opening Utah’s courtrooms to television and radio coverage isn’t a problem for 4th District Judge David Mortensen.

It will help educate the public, said the Provo judge. He favors the concept even though he voted against the change. Mortensen was among three dissenters on a 13-member judicial study panel of judges, media lawyers and court officials that recommended open coverage of trial courts.

Mortensen said the decision to open trials to media coverage should be left to individual judges on a case-by-case basis. Instead, Utah’s new rule holds that all court proceedings will be open unless a judge can cite good reasons in writing to keep them closed.

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