Sheley trial first big test of cameras in Illinois courts
CHICAGO – The latest trial of alleged serial killer Nicholas Sheley will attract widespread interest as it gets under way in rural northwestern Illinois – and not only because of the sensational subject matter. It also is the most highly anticipated test of an ongoing experiment with cameras in Illinois courts.
Cameras aren’t allowed during jury selection, which begins in earnest today with one-on-one questioning of potential jurors; would-be panelists filled out questionnaires Friday.
Cameras will start rolling during opening statements, expected a week from Monday. That’s when court officials will be watching to see if the expanded media presence in any way disrupts proceedings – the fear of some judges and attorneys.
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