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New chief justice backs cameras in court

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO – The Illinois Supreme Court’s new chief justice said she fully supports her predecessor’s push to open trials to news photographers and electronic media.

Rita Garman made her comments in a phone interview with The Associated Press on Monday shortly after she was sworn in at a ceremony in her hometown of Danville.

The 69-year-old replaces Thomas Kilbride. His highest profile policy was launching a pilot program two years ago permitting cameras in select courtrooms.

Asked in the interview if she backs the pilot program, Garman responded, “I certainly do – wholeheartedly.” And she added she didn’t see Illinois ever going back to a blanket prohibition on courtroom cameras.

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