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Court cases + photog practices

I am working on a story about a man who is rebuilding his life post incarceration. He is in the middle of a court case regarding custody of his 5-year-old son. I am unclear on what my rights are and what photo practices I need to put in place given the delicacy of the situation. If anyone can provide some clarity here are some questions that have arisen during this project:

- What are my rights in NYC to shoot civic/municipal/court buildings?

- Given the court case is ongoing what are the guidelines for publicizing (photos and/or writing) the events that take place inside and outside of the courtroom with the child, foster parent and birth parents?

by Phyllis B Dooney at 2014-01-07 21:24:09 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

if you can get a signed release from the adults, do that.

by Rob Schoenbaum | 06 Feb 2014 10:02 | Stockholm, Sweden | | Report spam→
Most judges (state and municipal) have enormous discretion to allow or not to allow photographers in their courtrooms. I have shot in courtrooms, but invariably after getting emailed permission from the individual judge or judicial assistant. To my limited knowledge, photographers are excluded from all Federal courtrooms, at least in my district. As for the subject matter, you may consider askign his advice (not permission, just input) as to what he thinks may hurt his custody status or not; and then make your own decisions. You’re in delicate territory.

by John Rudoff | 09 Feb 2014 05:02 | Portland Oregon, United States | | Report spam→

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