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Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to get video cameras

July 5, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Video cameras will be mounted inside Texas’ highest criminal court this year after legislation passed in May ended the court’s no-camera policy.

The Austin American-Statesman (https://atxne.ws/2tID2Ex ) reports that the cameras mounted in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in Austin will allow oral arguments to be archived for later viewing and possibly watched live — the details are still being worked out.

State Rep. Terry Canales, a Democrat from Edinburg, authored the camera legislation. He says, “Issues that affect our personal liberty will be decided at that court. I can’t wait to watch those unfold and be decided.”

The Texas Supreme Court has been showing oral arguments online for a decade.

The Legislature provided $346,000 to buy equipment and operate a courtroom video system for the next two years.

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Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com