cameras in the courtroom

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Two court rulings this week are being hailed as victories for journalists. 

Cameras in the Courtroom: One Year Later

Jan 25, 2013
Illinois Supreme Court

DeKalb County added to state pilot program

Three more Illinois counties have been added to the state's pilot program allowing cameras in trial courtrooms. The Illinois Supreme Court announced the additions of DeKalb, Lake and Kendall. The order is effective immediately. 25 counties in nine judicial districts have participated.

A delay will be requested for the upcoming murder trial of convicted killer Nicholas T. Sheley of Sterling.

Defense attorney Jeremy Karlin, of Galesburg, will ask Rock Island Circuit Judge F. Michael Meersman, at a hearing Friday for the fourth delay in Sheley’s first Whiteside County murder trial.

The case, scheduled to go to trial Sept. 10, also would be the first test of active news media presence in a Whiteside County court under the cameras-in-the-courtroom initiative of the Illinois Supreme Court.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The 17th Judicial Circuit, comprising Winnebago and Boone Counties in northern Illinois, will be the next courts to permit news media cameras and recording devices during trials.

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride announced the action Saturday during an address to the Illinois News Broadcasters Association convention in Macomb. He said the order will be issued today.