A South African judge has ruled that cameras will be allowed in the courtroom in the murder trial for Olympic sprinter and double amputee Oscar Pistorius.
Pistorius’ trial is set to start in March and the judge has placed specific rules about the way cameras will be allowed to function at and during the trial. According to The Hollywood Reporter:
…judge Dunstan Mlambo said that three remote controlled cameras will be installed in the courtroom, with no camera people allowed in the room. Two still cameras will also be allowed.
Close ups of participants won’t be allowed nor will extreme close ups taken by the still cameras. There will be no televised coverage of Pistorius’ testimony or that of his defense witnesses. Witnesses can also withhold their permission for their evidence to be broadcast.
The judge also ruled that the entire trial could be broadcast on the radio.
Pistorius, the Paralympian known as “Blade Runner” will stand trial for first degree murder of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp. He shot her in their Pretoria, South Africa home last year. Pistorius claims that he thought she was an intruder.
The trial, set to begin March 3rd, will be the first time court proceedings will be televised in South Africa. It will likely have a huge international audience.
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