Nashville night court to broadcast proceedings on Internet

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Night Court in Nashville is about to become reality TV.

Under the old setup, people came to sit in the gallery and watch those who had been arrested brought before a magistrate who reviewed charges and set bail.

That came to an end in January 2006 when closed circuit video from the jail replaced the in-person appearances.

Among the more famous people who came through the old court were entertainer Kid Rock, former Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair and Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones.

Now, Davidson County officials are planning to bring back the visual aspect of Night Court, putting onto the Internet. The site will show live video of proceedings in night court as defendants are booked into jail.

Public Defender Ross Alderman worries the video will affect potential jurors in cases originating in night court. He also worries that defendants will find the treatment humiliating.

Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall said he doesn't know what day the Web site will launch but is expecting it to be available within a few weeks.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by debbi Location: baugus on Apr 1, 2008 at 02:36 PM
    Why should we worry if the defendant feels humiliated because they sure weren't worrying about us (the taxpayers) when they committed their crime!! I say they deserve all the humiliation they can get then maybe they wouldn't do anything illegal again.
  • by BARBARA Location: MARYVILLE, TN. on Jul 23, 2007 at 04:20 PM
    MAYBE THE CRIMINALS/DEFENDANTS,AFTER BEING ON NATIONAL TV,WILL THINK TWICE,BEFORE THEY DO SOMETHING STUPID,OR HARMFUL TO OTHERS.AND I AGREE WITH BJ,THEY NEED TO BE HUMILIATED,AND I THINK EVERY,LARGE CITY SHOULD ADOPT THIS WEB SITE!!!ESPECIALY,FOR DUI/DRUG ARRESTS.THAT WAY FAMILY/FRIENDS/CO-WORKERS CAN SEE WHAT STUPID THINGS THEY DO
  • by BJ Location: Knoxville Tn on Jul 19, 2007 at 12:32 PM
    To the public defender "Who cares if the defendants are humiliated" they should be. They would have no reason to be humiliated if they hadnt done anything wrong. I am so tired of hearing about the defendants rights.

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