Bryan Kohberger judge bans news crews and photographers from Idaho murder trial: Case will be live streamed with court equipment to stop the press ‘zooming in’ on his face and ‘focusing intensely on his every move’
- The date for Kohberger’s quadruple murder trial has still not been set
- He asked the judge to ban news cameras to help him get a fair trial
- Judge John Judge agreed, but will livestream the proceedings using court equipment
News crews and press photographers will not be allowed into Bryan Kohberger’s trial, which will now be streamed live with court equipment to prevent journalists from ‘zooming in’ and ‘intensely focusing’ on his ‘every move’.
The judge made the decision today in a victory for Kohberger, who had called on him to ban cameras from the courtroom.
In his ruling, Judge John C. Judge criticized the way journalists continue to cover the case. Kohberger is accused of killing four Idaho students last November.
It remains one of the most high-profile and followed murders in recent history, with great interest in Kohberger and his defense.
Bryan Kohberger enters the court on September 13, 2023. From now on, news cameras will no longer be allowed in the courtroom, but the proceedings will be streamed live
Judge John Judge excoriated the media for violating his order against photographing Kohberger outside official proceedings
The judge had ordered the media to only take photos or video of on-the-record proceedings, but many have also continued to photograph Kohberger as he walked in and out of the courtroom.
“Media cameras, both still and video, must zoom in on Kohberger, despite the court’s order that images must capture the courtroom in its entirety.
“At least some of the footage is of Kohberger entering and leaving the courtroom.
‘It is the intense focus on Kohberger and his every move, together with negative headlines and news articles, that leads the Court to conclude that continued photo and video reporting by the media in the courtroom should no longer be allowed.
Kohberger is accused of killing Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Ethan Chapin and Xana Kenodle last November in Moscow, Idaho
“This step should help ensure Kohberger’s right to a fair trial by an impartial jury and to ensure the proper administration of justice,” the judge said in his decision.
Kohberger’s team also complained about the risk of journalists photographing confidential documents on the defense table.
Police and prosecutors say Kohberger is directly linked to the crime scene and has left behind DNA that is a 99.99 percent match to his own.
His lawyers want to ask how genetic genealogists traced it back to him.
Prosecutors have yet to establish a motive for the quadruple murder – one of the most violent in history – and it remains unclear whether Kohberger ever met any of the victims.
A trial date has still not been set. The judge has until December 1 to review DNA evidence.