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January 11, 2010

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John Culhane

To me, this debate over youtube availability is nuts. You and others are reporting from the courtroom; the proceedings are therefore public. The question then becomes whether we should allow the public to see and weigh the issues itself, or be dependent on a third-party filter. OF COURSE people can distort, or mash up the videos. But that's also true of books, where quotes are taken selectively and out of context.

Bottom line: If the trial is open, it should be open in the fullest sense. If there's a real concern about witness intimidation, harassment, etc., then close the proceedings. I've weighed in on my blog: http://wordinedgewise.org/?p=677

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