if Donald Trump faces charges in Fulton County, Georgia, it won’t be his first time dealing with legal trouble. But this time, things could be quite different – the whole process might be broadcasted live on television.
In Georgia, unlike in federal or Manhattan courts where Trump previously appeared for three arraignments, the law requires that cameras can be brought into court proceedings with approval from a judge. Back in 2018, the Georgia Supreme Court even updated the law to include smartphones, highlighting how important it is to have transparency in legal matters. They believe that letting people see what happens in court is vital for a trustworthy judicial system.
Georgia stands out from New York in another way too. When Trump faced charges there, he told the world about the indictment, but it took days for the document to become public. However, in Georgia, indictments have to be made immediately available to the public.
When it comes to camera access, the judge in charge gets the final say. Media organizations need to formally ask the judge, called a Rule 22 request, if they can use cameras. This step is usually more of a formality because these requests are typically approved without much fuss.
So, if the former president gets indicted and has to show up in person in Atlanta for his arraignment, it’s likely the world would finally get to see him on camera as a defendant. He’d stand before a judge and enter his plea for the first time. Until now, only a few photos have been allowed inside the New York City courtroom before his previous arraignments, and there’s been no video of Trump or his lawyers saying “not guilty.”
And there’s another possibility too – if a trial happens, the whole thing might be shown on TV.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has spent over two years looking into whether Trump and his allies did anything wrong in Georgia while trying to change the outcome of the 2020 election. This process unfolded in Fulton County Superior Court and was also shown on television.
For example, cameras were there when a special grand jury was picked to look into election interference. Judge Robert McBurney even allowed cameras into a heated hearing to decide if the Special Purpose Grand Jury’s findings would be made public.
Just last month, cameras were around when the grand jury was formed to hear Willis’ case against Trump and his associates, probably happening next week.
Judge McBurney, who has been overseeing much of the process connected to Willis’ investigation, knows how to work with the media. He’s even streamed many of his hearings, including ones about the Trump investigation, on his YouTube channel.
In Georgia, judges have different things to consider when deciding whether cameras should be allowed. They look at things like whether everyone involved agrees, if safety could be an issue for those participating, and how it might affect fairness.
Originally, you could read this article on NBCNews.com.
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