Cameras wonÂ´t be allowed in the courtroom during the preliminary hearing in the double murder trial of Scott Peterson. Judge Al Girolami released the decision today. He will allow the hearing to be open to the public, but cameras and recording devices wonÂ´t be allowed.
Preliminary hearings are like miniature trials, with testimony from witnesses. At the end, a judge decides whether the case can go to trial.
Girolami says that the preliminary hearing forces the victimsÂ´ families to “relive their worst nightmare in a very public way.” But he says televising the proceeding isnÂ´t necessary.
Last week, the judge denied requests by PetersonÂ´s attorneys to exclude the public from the September 9th hearing. Peterson is facing two murder charges for the deaths of his wife Laci Peterson and the coupleÂ´s unborn child. He has pleaded innocent to the charges. Laci Peterson was eight months pregnant when she disappeared on Christmas Eve. The bodies of the 27-year-old Modesto woman and her son washed ashore in April along the San Francisco Bay.