Camera Ruling in Court Case


Update: Judge Edward Mullarkey has agreed to allow television coverage of an upcoming murder for hire trial. The case caught our notice last week when the judge made some honest comments in open court about his views of the news media.

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Unusual commentary from the bench last week as Superior Court Judge Edward Mullarkey conducted a hearing on whether cameras will be allowed in the courtroom for an upcoming murder for hire trial.

During the pre-trial hearing, Judge Mullarkey questioned attorneys and representatives of local television stations and provided a running commentary on journalistic ethics and programming decisions. The hearing is scheduled to continue Tuesday. Mullarkey threatened to retire as a judge if anyone went to a higher court to challenge part of his expected ruling which will be written to protect the identity of a child connected to the case.