Monday, February 23, 2009

Judge limits media coverage of murder trial

The start of a Campbell County murder trial was delayed Monday when news media protested a judge's order banning live broadcasting and blogging of the trial.

Campbell County Circuit Court Judge Julie Reinhardt Ward banned cameras and recording devices from the trial of Cheryl McCafferty, who is accused of murdering her husband, Robert McCafferty, 44, in their home in Fort Thomas on June 25, 2007.

Attorneys for television stations WCPO, WLW and WXIX told The Cincinnati Enquirer they would appeal Ward's decision to the Kentucky Court of Appeals on Tuesday. Jill Meyer, an attorney for TV stations, answered questions outside the courtroom. (Enquirer photo by Patrick Reddy)

The trial had garnered the attention of “Dateline NBC” and CBS’s “48 Hours,” both of which had sent cameras and crews to the courthouse in Newport to record the trial for later broadcast. The local stations intended to make the broadcast available on their Internet sites.

For more information, see the Enquirer story.

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