Does the public have a right to record a homeless sweeps court hearing?

Westword: The U.S. District Court of Colorado doesn’t allow members of the public to record proceedings at the courthouse in downtown Denver. And during the COVID-19 pandemic, the court has also made it clear that people tuning in to a virtual criminal hearing are prohibited from recording the proceedings.

But there’s been some ambiguity about civil cases, and now attorneys are getting ready to duke it out over whether members of the public should be allowed to record such cases from the comfort of their living rooms.

“Denver’s trying to keep further evidence of their unconstitutional actions suppressed and out of the public view,” says Andy McNulty, the Killmer, Lane and Newman attorney representing plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the City Denver, along with state officials and others, regarding this past summer’s sweeps of homeless encampments.

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