ALBANY, NY (AP) - The state's top judge wants courtrooms open to camera coverage so New Yorkers can see for themselves how justice works.
Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, who presides at the Court of Appeals where arguments are routinely broadcast online, is calling for a change in state law so people can know how laws are being interpreted, rights determined, criminals punished and tax dollars spent for the courts and legal system.
While some judges now permit still photographers and video cameras on a limited case-by-case basis, he says access is cumbersome and requires judges to navigate an outdated law.
While New York lawmakers 25 years ago approved camera coverage of court proceedings on an experimental basis, that legislation lapsed 10 years later.
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There is another Lake Effect Snow Warning in effect for Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties from Thursday through early Friday.
Lake Effect Snow Warnings return today with the chance for an additional foot for some areas.
A 26-year-old male employee of Ying's Wings and Things told police that Haibo Jiang, also known as Jimmy Ying, choked him until he passed out.
A Good Samaritan died Wednesday while trying to assist the driver of a tractor trailer who got stuck in the snow.
Viewers sent in photos from the snowfall around Western New York.
The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office says a tractor trailer crashed on Route 39, in the Town of Eagle.