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Judicial Council calls for ban of certain courtroom photographs

Judicial Council calls for ban of certain courtroom photographs



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Judicial Council has approved a draft of a rule prohibiting news photographers from taking courtroom pictures of exhibits or documents that aren't part of the official public record.

The action is the result of an April 5 photo taken by a Deseret Morning News photographer during the Warren Jeffs trial.

The newspaper deciphered a note written by Jeffs after enlarging and digitally enhancing the photo. It then had it analyzed by a handwriting expert and a genealogist.

Civil rights attorney Brian Barnard wanted rule changes to ensure lawyers can handle papers in court without fear of them becoming public.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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