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No cellphones, cameras allowed in Minny courtroom

Posted on: April 5, 2011 12:08 pm
Edited on: April 5, 2011 12:17 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

On Wednesday, Judge Susan Nelson will hear arguments on a Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed by the plaintiffs (read: players) in the Brady v. NFL case. It's a huge deal, because if the players win the motion and then win the almost guaranteed appeal from the owners, the lockout will be lifted.

But that's getting ahead of ourselves, because we need to see how things shake out on Wednesday first. Unfortunately, when Judge Nelson hears the case, we won't know precisely how things are going in "real time" because there will be no video cameras or cell phones allowed in the courtroom, per Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal.

Which, of course, means no live news reports from inside the court and no tweets about what's taking place; in such a motion, Judge Nelson would give each side an equal time to argue and likely ask questions from both the plaintiffs and defendants as well.

This could be a good thing, for a couple of reasons.

First of all, though the media's role is to be objective, oftentimes it's difficult to report on a charged event like this -- using a real-time method like Twitter -- without providing some hint of opinion as to what's just occurred. (A perfect example of this is the Bonds trial, which is being more-or-less live-blogged thanks to Twitter.)

Secondly, while quotes will inevitably come out from the proceedings, it's still nice to see the legal process actually play out without too much fear as to how certain statements or decisions will play out on camera.

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