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Court TV N.Y. Case to Appeals Court

10/27/2004 8:21 AM Eastern

The New York Court of Appeals notified Court TV that it will hear the network’s case against the state of New York.

Court TV has asserted in its suit that the current statute barring cameras from covering trials in the state is unconstitutional under the First Amendment, as well as the New York State Constitution.

The network originally filed the suit in Supreme Court of New York County Sept. 5, 2001. New York is one of only nine states that do not allow cameras in trial courts.

"The 1952 statute barring camera coverage of trials in New York is a relic from another age," Court TV chairman and CEO Henry Schleiff said in a prepared statement.

"The people of New York deserve to see how their courts function, and we believe that they will be impressed by what they see,” he added. “We are, therefore, very pleased that we will be presenting our position to the highest court in the state."

Boies, Schiller & Flexner founding partner David Boies is overseeing the firm's representation of the network.

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