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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Journalism and Mass Communications

First Advisor

Richard W. Lee


With increased coverage of court proceedings in other states and acceptance of cameras in some federal courts and 47 state courts, it is possible that South Dakota's judicial participants would again consider the issue of permitting camera access to the state's courtrooms. To determine if South Dakota's judges, state's attorneys and attorneys have shifted their perceptions regarding this issue, this study will examine the change or lack of change in attitudes of judges, state's attorneys and members of the State Bar of South Dakota compared to Harris' 1986 study. This study will replicate the Harris study, using the same questions except for two outdated questions. Three questions will be added to determine the attitudes and knowledge of these groups toward trials in other states that are broadcast in South Dakota.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Conduct of court proceedings -- South Dakota
Video tapes in court proceedings -- South Dakota
Free press and fair trial -- South Dakota




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