Bob Nelon Oklahoman OpEd Cameras in the Courtroom Remain Controversial
By: Robert D. Nelon
The media have covered proceedings at state and federal courthouses for decades. Before the advent of TruTV, the Internet and social media, print and radio reporters descended on the small New Jersey town of Flemington to cover what was labeled “the crime of the century,” the trial of Bruno Hauptmann, accused of kidnapping Charles Lindbergh’s son. The year was 1935. People were riveted by the proceedings in the Lindbergh case. Six decades later, on Oct. 3, 1995, people stopped what they were doing to tune in to see the verdict read in the infamous and televised O.J. Simpson trial.