Nearly 10 years in the making, today we will get a decision over whether cameras may be allowed in South Dakota courtrooms.
KELOLAND reporter Vernon Brown reported on the first allowance of cameras in the South Dakota Supreme Court hearing in August 2001. It’s a practice still allowed today, which KELOLAND news brings you every quarter as they meet. But cameras are still not allowed in the courtroom during proceedings at the state court level in South Dakota. It’s why when KELOLAND News reports on court hearings, we will show video of defendants walking to and from court, use video of court papers and graphics to share quotes from within the hearings.
But just this past October, the state justices heard proposals for and against bringing cameras into state courthouses. KELOLAND News Assignment Editor Dexter Gronseth has been the coordinator for news coverage from SD Supreme Court hearings. He was one of those who testified about how allowing cameras would help the public better understand what happens in court. Justices also heard from a defense attorney about why he says cameras could interfere with the right of a fair trial.
They’re announcing the decision at 11:00 a.m. and we’ll bring it to you on KELOLAND.com. Ben Dunsmoor is in Pierre and will bring you a live report today on Midday and bring you more throughout the day on KELOLAND News. And as part of our team report, David Brown will gather reaction to today’s announcement.