New rules govern media in local courts
SYCAMORE – Imagine seeing the look on Billy Curl’s face when he learns the verdict in a trial on allegations he murdered Northern Illinois University freshman Antinette “Toni” Keller in October 2010.
That image could be shown on news stations and in newspapers under new rules 23rd Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Tim McCann is expected to sign today. The circuit, which comprises DeKalb and Kendall counties, was accepted last week into the Illinois Supreme Court’s pilot program allowing media to record and photograph inside local courtrooms in most instances.
DeKalb County State’s Attorney Richard Schmack is a little concerned about maintaining jurors’ privacy – the program prohibits taking any images of them – but overall said he believed the program would be implemented well here.
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