Denver TV station seeks access to shoot Charlie Sheen trial in Aspen courtroom
January 12, 2010
ASPEN – A Denver television station Monday filed papers seeking a judge’s permission to use a camera in the Pitkin County District Courtroom for the Charlie Sheen case.
A motion filed by KUSA-TV, a Denver-based NBC affiliate, wants authority to use a television camera in the Aspen courtroom on Jan. 20, the date attorneys for Sheen and his wife, Brook Mueller Sheen, are scheduled to ask a judge to lift the protection order that prohibits them from having contact with each other. KUSA is the first media outlet to formally seek expanded media coverage in the Sheen case.
“There is no likelihood that the mere presence of a camera in the courtroom would interfere with the parties’ rights to a fair hearing; the coverage would not detract from the solemnity, decorum and dignity of the court; nor would the coverage create adverse effects greater than those caused by traditional media coverage,” the motion says.
Press outlets can file motions for expanded media coverage up to 24 hours before the scheduled hearing, a court official said.
The district courtroom has a capacity of 60 people, according to the Aspen fire code.
KUSA’s motion says that it would broadcast the proceedings at a location outside the courthouse, meaning the press would not have to attend the hearing in person.
“The presence of a live feed to a distribution outside the courtroom can actually minimize the number of news people in the courtroom because reporters are able to view the proceedings from monitors set up outside the court,” the motion says.
Sheen was arrested in Aspen on Christmas Day on allegations of felony menacing, domestic violence and other charges. Brooke Sheen told police he put a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her. Sheen denies threatening his wife with a knife.
The 44-year-old actor stars in “Two and a Half Men” on CBS; he is expected to be formally charged at his Feb. 8 court hearing in Aspen. District Judge James Boyd is presiding over the case.