News outlets seek access to video evidence in Capitol riot cases
May 3, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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A judge will decide if the Justice Department must provide media access to all videos presented as evidence in US Capitol riot criminal cases.
(CNN)A judge will decide if the Justice Department must provide media access to all videos presented as evidence in US Capitol riot criminal cases.
CNN and 13 other major news outlets went to the chief judge of the DC District Court on Monday requesting access to videos that have become evidence in many of those cases.
Much of the police body camera and other footage used so far in the Capitol riot cases hasn't been seen by the media or the public, for reasons including court access restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic, technological challenges, the massive ongoing investigation and the Justice Department's own refusals.
But judges have watched many videos during the court proceedings, and used video evidence in several cases to decide whether to keep Capitol riot defendants in jail.