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Internet a point of contention in Coe trial

SPOKANE, Wash. - Judge O'Connor, the judge in Kevin Coe Civil Commitment trial, ruled Tuesday morning that cameras will be able to show Kevin Coe while on the witness stand. It had been previously a rule of the court that Coe could not be filmed while anywhere in the courtroom, only to and from.

A motion filed by the local media outlets late Monday called for the cameras to be allowed. Attorneys for the media said that the general rules of the court should allow for the cameras. Coe's attorney's argued that it provided a security and health threat to Coe, who's psychologists have said is depressed.

Tim Trageser also said that the "on camera" aspect of testimony could provide for undue stress on Coe and effect due process in this case. The one sticking point seemed to be the internet.

The judge pointed out that courts across the country are dealing with the issue of the web, saying it makes the case much broader than Spokane and exposes it to anyone with a computer across the world.

The judge ultimately decided the allowance of cameras in the courtroom would provide Coe with an un-edited, un-editorialized forum to present his case. Coe is expected to take the stand Tuesday afternoon.

- Tom Durian
KHQ Reporter

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