Criminal Justice

Cameras in the Courtroom

Cameras have not always been allowed inside the courtroom during the judicial court hearing process. The trial of Bruno Richard Hauptmann for the kidnapping and murder of the infant son of Charles Lindbergh was the first court case to cause heightened controversy over cameras inside courtrooms. The court was shocked by the sensational coverage of the trial- and after the trial ended, the American Bar Association (ABA) recommended in 1937 that all courtroom photography be eliminated. By 1962, only Texas and Colorado permitted cameras and broadcasting the courtroom.