Fulton County Judge Scott McAfee announced on Thursday that all court proceedings related to the case involving former President Donald Trump’s alleged election interference will be streamed live for the public. This decision represents a departure from the standard practices of federal courts, where photography and recording within the courtroom are largely prohibited.
Another move that will backfire on the Dems! https://t.co/RsWN7WLjX7
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However, Fulton County has chosen to make an exception by broadcasting judicial proceedings on its YouTube channel. In addition to allowing the live streaming of the trial, Judge McAfee has granted members of the press the privilege of using their computers and cellphones within the courtroom.
This allowance comes with the condition that these devices must not be used to record the trial. The court claims the balance between transparency and decorum aims to ensure a fair and orderly trial while providing the public and the press with unique access to one of the most high-profile trials in American history.
The decision to livestream Trump’s proceedings has ignited a broader conversation about the transparency and openness of legal proceedings involving high-profile individuals. Just weeks ago, congressional Democrats, led by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) called for Trump’s federal criminal trials to be televised.
In a letter addressed to Judge Roslynn Mauskopf, who oversees the administrative offices of the U.S. Courts, Schiff and 37 members of his caucus — also emphasized the importance of the public witnessing these trials firsthand.
She claims it would enable people to see how the proceedings are conducted, assess the strength of the evidence presented, and evaluate the credibility of witnesses. The recent push for the live broadcasting of Trump’s trials suddenly gained momentum following an arraignment in Washington, D.C.
While the move to allow live streaming of Trump’s trial has received support from some camps, there have been differing opinions within the legal community. In a separate case in New York City, his lawyers initially opposed a request from media outlets to allow cameras in the courtroom.
However, one of Trump’s lawyers, John Lauro, expressed openness to the idea of cameras in court earlier this month, stating in a Fox News interview that he personally would “love to see that.”
He also raised concerns about the Biden administration’s stance on the matter, suggesting that they might not want the American people to witness Trump’s trial, hinting at the possibility of corruption or a scandal.
With that said, the legal proceedings involving Donald Trump are set to continue. Nevertheless, the choice to live-stream his trials in Fulton County could serve as a notable development in the ongoing discussion about the lack of legal transparency and media bias — despite the left’s motives to strip the former President of his basic constitutional rights.