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Manitoba courts to allow cameras in some cases

Room 210, Court of Queens Bench at the Law Courts.

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Room 210, Court of Queens Bench at the Law Courts.

A project that will see video cameras inside Manitoba courtrooms is scheduled to roll tape later this week.

The initiative, put together by the Manitoba Court of Appeal, the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench and the Manitoba Provincial Court, will allow media to record court proceedings. It’s the first time media cameras will be allowed to broadcast events from inside a courtroom in Manitoba.

The project gets underway Wednesday, when Associate Chief Justice Shane Perlmutter is slated to deliver a verdict in the second-degree murder trial of Cassandra Knott.

Knott is facing a second degree murder charge following the death of her husband Orzias Joram Knott. The 34-year-old man was stabbed inside a Kennedy Street suite on Feb. 18, 2011. Lawyers argued the accused acted in self-defence.

Chief Justice Perlmutter’s decision is expected to be heard at 1 p.m.

A Manitoba Court of Appeal hearing for Denis Labossiere on Apr. 30 is the second scheduled courtroom broadcast. Labossiere was found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder in the slayings of his parents and brother in 2005.

The bodies of Fernand Labossiere, 78, his wife Rita, 74, and the couple’s son Remi, 44, were found in their burned-out farmhouse in St. Leon, Man. Labossiere was convicted in 2012 of hiring men to kill his family members, but his defence team had sought an appeal.

Proceedings in this appeal are expected to get underway at 9:30 a.m.

A third provincial court case scheduled for broadcast has not yet been announced.

More information on the courtroom broadcast project is expected at a news conference Tuesday morning.

 

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