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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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Editorial: Cameras in court ...

- Cameras in court: Television belongs in the courtroom - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Just about every day in Utah, judges and juries, attorneys and witnesses, are doing the work of our system of justice. They do so on your dime, and in your name.

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A greater opportunity for the people to see what is going on in those courtrooms, making use of modern technology without compromising traditional decorum, has now been worked out by interested parties and given preliminary approval by the Utah Judicial Council. It is a sound plan that will help the public understand how their courts work and help the courts gain that public’s confidence. ...

- Sunlight in Utah's courts - Provo Daily Herald Editorial

... Under the rule, the public for the first time will be able to see what actually transpires in criminal and civil proceedings without actually being there. It will vault Utah from being one of the most restrictive states to one of the most open when it comes to allowing media access to courts so that people can see the process in real time. ...

- 2 more Ill. counties can allow courtroom cameras - AP/Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat

MACOMB, Ill. -- The chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court has announced another expansion of the state's experiment with cameras in the courtrooms, saying it appeared to be working well in the circuit courts where it already is being tried. ...

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