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Judge Rules: No Cameras in Courtroom for Greitens Trial

The judge says the governor poses an additional security risk.

May 03, 2018 - 12:03 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - No cameras will be allowed in the courtroom for the upcoming trial of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

The judge handed down the ruling Thursday.  

It's a disappointment for attorney Mark Sableman, who represents media interests that wanted cameras on the case.
"We explained this is a very important case that people want to hear directly," Sableman says. "Really video and audio are anti-spin anecdotes -- they allow people to hear things directly, see things directly."
Explaining his decision, Judge Rex Burlison says security is already going to be tight with the governor of the state in his courtroom, and he doesn't want the added burden of having to scan media equipment that would be coming in the courtroom every day.

Neither the defense nor the prosecution objected to cameras in the courtroom. But an attorney for Greitens' former lover did, siting privacy concerns.

As a compromise, Sableman asked the judge to consider allowing audio recording and still photography, and the judge says he'll think about it.