SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES
Date: 18 May 1995
Hon. Lance A. Ito, Judge
D. Robertson, Deputy Clerk
People v. Orenthal James Simpson
The court has received notes from two jurors complaining of noise
created by two news reporters in the audience section of the
"I am writing you to alert you of the two reporters sitting in
seats C16 [Kristin Jeanette Meyers/Court TV] and [C17 Gail
Holland/USA Today] and their constant interruptions during the
court session. They are constantly whispering which distracts my
attention for brief moments of time. It happened yesterday and
also this morning." Juror A.
"I am having trouble trying to hear the testimony at times due to
the fact that a few members in the audience are whispering a
ltttle (sic) loud. Two days in a row." Juror B.
Any unwarranted disruption of a court proceeding is a good cause
for the court to take appropriate action. The court has an
obligation to act where the disruption impacts upon a juror's
ability to hear and see the evidence. The appellate courts have
wisely conferred wide discretion upon the trial courts to control
the proceedings within the courtroom. Talking or whispering
amongst audience members while court is in session is never
acceptable behavior, especially when it interferes with the jury's
ability to hear the evidence.
The court finds good cause to bar Kristin Jeanette Meyers/Court TV
and Gail Holland/USA Today from admission to Department 103.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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