Washington (CNN)A federal judge ruled on Friday that the Justice Department must create a digital “drop box” where media outlets can access videos used in Capitol riot court cases after 15 news outlets, including CNN, sought body camera and surveillance video that’s been seen by judges but not the public.
The ruling is the latest in an ongoing struggle for the public to see close-up, brutal moments of the insurrection, as Republicans and former President Donald Trump try to recast the January 6 hijacking of the US Capitol by Trump supporters as victimization of the far right.
CNN and 14 other news outlets sued for the access earlier this month because many videos had become public records in court.
The videos “have so far played a significant and meaningful role in the adjudicatory process in many of the Capitol Cases, with extensive discussion of these exhibits in the government briefing, showing of the video exhibits prior to or at detention hearings before the Court, and close review of these exhibits by the Court,” Chief Judge Beryl Howell of the DC District Court wrote on Friday.
Yet the floodgates of video releases won’t open immediately.
Because the videos of defendants attacking the Capitol and its protectors zero in on “particularly egregious or inflammatory” moments, Howell didn’t side with a blanket public access policy. She also noted t
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