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DuPage judge allows cameras for murder trial

Sun Times

(WHEATON) In a legal first for the Chicago area, a DuPage County judge formally agreed Thursday to allow media cameras to record Johnny Borizovs upcoming triple murder trial.
But to make the two cameras less obtrusive to jurors and witnesses, Judge Daniel Guerin ordered the removal of three light bulbs from the ceiling above the rear corner where the cameras will be located.
Without the lights, the cameras -- one video, one still -- will be virtually invisible in the back of the 140-seat Wheaton courtroom, Guerin said.
I sat in the witness box and I couldnt see the camera, Guerin said during a final hearing on the issue.
The Illinois Supreme Court moved last year to allow broader media access to courtroom proceedings, including allowing cameras to record trials.
Several Illinois counties already have conducted trials that included video coverage, but Borizovs will be the first such trial in the seven-county Chicago metro area.

No cams in 6th Circuit anytime soon

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - The chief judge for six circuit courts in eastern Illinois says it could be a long time before those courts join others around the state now allowing cameras and recording equipment.

Sixth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Dan Flannell told The News-Gazette in Champaign ( ) this week that most of the judges in the district say they aren't yet ready to be part of a state pilot program. The circuit includes Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Macon, Moultrie and Piatt counties.

Flannell isn't opposed to joining the pilot program, but says he won't force it on other judges.

Flannell has set up a committee to monitor the program elsewhere and report back to him.

The Illinois Supreme Court last year OK'd the pilot program. More than two dozen counties have allowed courtroom cameras.

DuPage County moving ahead with Cams and Mics in murder trial

   WHEATON, Ill. (AP) - The public will get its first look at a Naperville woman since her arrest in the stabbing deaths of her 7-year-old son and a 5-year-old girl she was babysitting.

   Elzbieta Plackowska (elz-BEE'-tah plah-KOW'-skuh) is scheduled to be arraigned on murder charges in a DuPage County courtroom Wednesday.

   Thanks to a pilot program launched by the Illinois Supreme Court, cameras will for the first time in the county's history be there to record it. On Tuesday, a judge told Plackowska and her attorneys he would allow one still camera and one television camera at Wednesday's hearing.

   Cameras have been allowed inside courts recently at other Illinois trials. But the Naperville case is considered a big test for the program. Local media outlets are expected to stream the proceedings live online.


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