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Who made the decision to allow cameras at the trial for Thomas Murray? Why was there such extensive coverage allowed?

Douglas County District Court Judge Robert Fairchild, who presided over the case, made the decision about media coverage. He consulted with Kansas Supreme Court rules for media coverage and received input from the Supreme Court's public-information officer, Ron Keefover.

Fairchild initially designated 6News as the pool camera, which would have meant that 6News' camera would have been the only one allowed in court and would have supplied video to all other TV stations. But 6News, which is owned by The World Company, couldn't provide the "full-time coverage" requested by CBS.

"CBS worked with the court to provide equipment that would not interfere with the trial and would meet the needs of the court and all media," Fairchild said.


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