U.S. Judge Queries Trump preference on Televised coverage of his Trial

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Published on: October 30, 2023 at 12:18 IST

A U.S. judge posed the question to former President Donald Trump regarding his preference for the televised coverage of his federal court trial on charges related to his alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 election results.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, presiding in Washington, requested that Trump’s legal team provide their stance on media requests to broadcast the trial by November 10. The trial itself is slated to commence in March 2024.

NBC News and a coalition of 19 media organizations, along with press advocacy groups, have submitted two separate filings contending that the public has a legitimate right to witness this unique trial involving a former U.S. president and the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican nomination.

They argue that the existing federal rule prohibiting the broadcasting of criminal proceedings is unconstitutional.

Prosecutors, however, have not yet articulated their stance on this issue, and they are expected to submit their argument by November 3.

John Lauro, Trump’s lead lawyer in this case, has previously expressed personal support for televising the trial. On Friday, he confirmed that Trump will respond as directed by the court.

The decision on whether to televise the trial remains uncertain, particularly given Trump’s history as a former reality television personality who has actively sought public attention throughout his business and political career. This decision is significant as it coincides with the Republican nominating contest.

It’s worth noting that federal courts typically prohibit TV cameras and photography in courtrooms, distinguishing them from many state courts.

While a U.S. judicial panel recently agreed to explore the possibility of relaxing this ban, any potential change is not expected until after Trump’s trial in this case and a subsequent criminal trial set to commence in May, which pertains to alleged mishandling of classified documents.

In a separate case related to election subversion in Georgia, Trump, alongside numerous co-defendants, has already had court proceedings televised. Furthermore, he is scheduled to face trial in March in New York in connection with a case linked to hush-money payments to a porn star.

Trump has maintained his innocence and accused prosecutors of interfering with his 2024 presidential campaign.

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