Apr 22, 2024 - Politics & Policy

New York Courts to release daily transcripts from Trump hush money trial

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media outside of court during his trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments at Manhattan Criminal Court on April 22, 2024 in New York City.

Former President Trump speaks to the media outside of court during his trial at Manhattan Criminal Court on April 22. Photo: Brendan McDermid-Pool/Getty Images

New York Courts will begin releasing the daily transcripts of former President Trump's hush money trial, the court system announced Monday.

Why it matters: The transcripts will offer an unfiltered glimpse into the historic proceedings of the first-ever criminal trial of a former U.S. president.

  • New York courts typically do not allow video or audio to be streamed from the courtrooms, meaning any insight into the proceedings has so far come from reporters providing live updates from inside.

Driving the news: "With current law restricting the broadcasting of trial proceedings and courtroom space for public spectators very limited, the release of the daily transcripts on the court system's website is the best way to provide the public a direct view of the proceedings in this historic trial," chief administrative judge Joseph Zayas said in a news release.

  • Releasing the transcripts is "in the interest of the public good and aligns with the court system's commitment to judicial transparency," Zayas added.

The big picture: A number of lawyers had argued for the release of the transcripts, given the public interest in the case and restrictions on live-streaming or broadcasting the proceedings.

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