R. v. Cho


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July 18, 2000

Mr. Justice McKinnon of the BC Supreme Court ruled that there is a constitutional right to have a camera at a trial, with the onus on those opposed to demonstrate the need for limits. In R. v. Cho et al., CBC's application in mid-trial to televise the remaining portion was granted in part. Over the objections of all lawyers for the defense and Crown, CBC was permitted to broadcast the closing addresses of counsel to the jury, as well as the judge's charge to the jury. Remaining testimony was not permitted to be televised in the interests of fairness, because earlier testimony was not televised.

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