Tankleff attorneys try to bar cameras from hearing

The attorneys for Martin Tankleff are trying to block television cameras in the courtroom during Friday?s hearing, which will decide if charges against him will be dropped. A judge was supposed to drop

News 12 Staff

Jan 18, 2008, 1:12 AM

Updated 6,027 days ago

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The attorneys for Martin Tankleff are trying to block television cameras in the courtroom during Friday?s hearing, which will decide if charges against him will be dropped.
A judge was supposed to drop all charges against Tankleff at the hearing. However, since a special prosecutor has been assigned to the case, it is expected state prosecutors will ask that the charges remain while they proceed.
News 12 Long Island cameras have been present all along the way. Attorney Bruce Barket says the public can watch the whole proceeding in person because it?s a public hearing. He says members of the defense team made an exception and allowed cameras for Tankleff ?s bail hearing because they ?thought it was a small segment of history.?
Despite what Barket says, not everyone can go to court and watch. The courtroom has only about 75 seats, including spots reserved for the defense and prosecution teams.
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