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3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Will Begin Posting Video Recordings Of Oral Arguments Online

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PHILADELPHIA — The federal appeals court in Philadelphia will soon begin posting video recordings of oral arguments on the court’s website — a decision that directly affects the territory, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned.

Chief Judge D. Brooks Smith of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said this past weekend the posting of video in cases of significant interest will make the judicial process more accessible and contribute to the civics education of the public.

The 9th U.S. Circuit, headquartered in San Francisco, is the only other federal appeals court currently posting videos of oral arguments.

Lawyers in each case will be asked to recommend whether they think a video should be made public. The final decision will rest with the judges.

The court expects to post videos by the day after arguments are heard.

The 3rd Circuit considers appeals from federal courts in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, and federal agencies.
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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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