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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