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The federal court in Boston has been teaming with reporters over the last few months, primarily to cover the trial of alleged mobster James "Whitey” Bulger and accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. With so much public interest in these cases, debate has renewed about whether federal courtrooms should allow video cameras to record the proceedings, or even broadcast trials live.

The news coverage relies on reporters in the courthouse to relay what happened, including expressions on defendants’ faces or the tone of witnesses’ voices. At Tsarnaev’s hearing, for example, the Boston Globe said his jumpsuit was large, making "him appear younger than his 19 years.” ABC News noted that he "appeared to smirk” while Fox News said he "smiled crookedly” and WCVB reported that he ga ... Read more »
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BOSTON — Boston’s federal court is a busy place right now. With the trial of James "Whitey” Bulger and the proceedings against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, there are often big crowds at the waterfront building in South Boston.

But many of those who work in the building are struggling to deal with federal budget cuts.

Miriam Conrad, who leads the federal public defenders office for the districts of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, joined WBUR to talk about the impact of the sequester. She says the cuts could force her office to lay off between 25 and 35 percent of its staff, in about a month.

Miriam Conrad: Here in Massachusetts, we have a number of position ... Read more »
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