Ampatuan lawyer wants live massacre trial coverage; but his client does not

Posted at 11/12/2012 6:49 PM

The Ampatuan family lawyer Sigfrid Fortun told me just now that he still favors live media coverage of the Maguindanao massacre trial, but his client does not.

I asked Atty. Fortun to clarify what he had told me three and a half months ago, after I read today’s report that the Supreme Court decided to bar live coverage.

The court reversed a previous decision allowing live coverage of the trial because of a motion by the accused Andal Ampatuan Jr. The court said:

“…a camera that broadcasts the proceedings live on television has no place in a criminal trial because of its prejudicial effects on the rights of the accused individuals.”

Last July when I asked Atty Fortun whether he would favor live coverage, he had replied:

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