Court TV sues to open New York courts to TV cameras

Court TV has hired famed attorney David Boies, who led the Department of Justice’s antitrust suit against Microsoft and represented Al Gore in the Supreme Court battle over the Florida vote count, to lead its effort to overturn a New York state law barring cameras in the courtroom. At a news conference on Wednesday, Boies said that the law was enacted in 1952 when TV cameras were large, obtrusive and required banks of hot lights. Today, he said, they can use available lights and can be hidden. “The only justification for keeping cameras out of the courtroom no longer applies,” he said.