CT Activist Petitions for Televising Federal Trump Case
Wednesday, September 13, 2023
A Connecticut activist is petitioning to have Donald Trump's federal trial televised.
The change.org petition has garnered more than 17,000 signatures, so far.
Jonathan Perloe, an activist and author of the petition, feels certain he can reach his goal of 25,000 signatures.
Currently, Rule 53 established by the U.S. Judicial Conference prohibits electronic media coverage of federal criminal court proceedings.
But with trust in government at an all-time low, Perloe feels TV cameras could provide a nonpartisan look at the inner workings of the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol.
He noted people who are both for and against the former president have signed the petition.
"The one thing we share is that we both kind of want to see the evidence put forward with our own eyes," Perloe explained. "Both sides kind of feel that they're going to be vindicated by seeing it firsthand, but I think that's actually good that, on something we otherwise disagree on, we agree that we should be able to see it."
Perloe is not alone in his feelings on the issue, including 38 members of Congress who signed a letter to the Judicial Conference, calling for transparency in this case.
Perloe acknowledged there are concerns about trying the case in the "court of public opinion," but said it cannot be helped.
Perloe noted he recently sent a version of the petition to the 26 members of the U.S. Judicial Conference, and its president, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Because Trump's Georgia trial will be televised, he feels the federal trial deserves to be televised as well.
"The Georgia case, because it involves all the other co-conspirators, is going to be much more complex, I believe," Perloe pointed out. "Whereas this one, it is the former president on trial, and just himself, and although there were unindicted co-conspirators, they're still unindicted."
He thinks the federal trial will make it easier for people to understand the former president's role in the January 6th attack and other attempts to overturn the 2020 election. While the petition's goal is 25,000 signatures, Perloe hopes to have 250,000.
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