‘The Puppet Court’ highlights former county official’s public corruption case (OH)


Walter Olson at the Cato Institute is always a great source of interesting content related to the legal industry or legal venues.  Today is no exception as he uses a post One Way to Get Around Courtroom Camera Ban to highlight an Ohio television station’s clever approach to covering the federal racketeering trial of former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora.

Local rules prohibit courtroom cameras so WOIO 19 Action News is recreating court transcripts “actual, word for word” in a series called The Puppet’s Court.

Click here for background on the case against Jimmy Dimora.

Not like every level of government can’t offer corruption opportunities, but it so seems to thrive at the county level!  With that, it comes as no surprise when the county impedes government transparency and further provides additional taxpayer disservice by prohibiting courtroom cameras.

But congrats to 19 Action News for not being deterred and finding a way to attract even more attention to a case of public corruption about which their audience has every right to know.

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