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September 27, 2023 RAPID RESPONSE

Trumping Rule 53: A “Historic Trials” Exception for Courtroom Cameras?

The anticipated criminal trials of former President Trump will test the judiciary’s absolutism in excluding cameras from federal courtrooms. Will researchers looking back on these historic cases find nothing in the vault but colored-pencil drawings? Join a panel of experts who’ve worked on all sides of televised trials for a timely discussion about whether 75-year-old assumptions about courtroom cameras should be revisited at a time of unprecedented skepticism about the integrity of the judicial process.


  • Marjorie Cohn – Professor Emerita, Thomas Jefferson School of Law; Cohost, Law and Disorder; Founding Dean, Monique and Roland Weyl People’s Academy of International Law

  • Hon. Nancy Gertner – Senior Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School; Former U.S. District Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

  • Paula Reid – Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent, CNN

  • Christopher Wellborn – President Elect, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Founder, Christopher A. Wellborn, P.A.; Founding Member, South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Board of Directors, South Carolina Innocence Project


  • Frank LoMonte – Counsel, CNN; Co-Chair, Free Speech and Free Press Committee, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice

Co-Sponsors: ABA Center for Public Interest LawABA Division for Public Education


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