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Manitoba judges allowing media cameras in court for two murder cases

WINNIPEG - Manitoba judges are launching a pilot project that will allow media cameras in select court hearings.

A TV camera will be allowed into court Wednesday to hear the fate of Cassandra Knott, who is charged with the second-degree murder of her husband.

This will be the first time a camera has been allowed to broadcast a Manitoba court proceeding.

While some provinces have allowed cameras into Appeal Court, it is unusual for cameras to be present for a murder trial verdict.

Another camera is to be allowed into the Court of Appeal April 30 to hear the case of Denis Labossiere, who was found guilty of killing his parents and brother.

Justice officials say courts are open to the public but most people depend on the media to relay what happens.

© 2014 The Canadian Press

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