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BY NOLAN CLAY Modified: November 6, 2009 at 4:22 am •  Published: November 6, 2009

/> District Attorney David Prater said he did not object to having cameras in the courtroom once jury selection is over.

A different judge on Wednesday presided over Ersland’s preliminary hearing. At the hearing, that judge ruled the evidence against Ersland was sufficient for a trial. That one-day proceeding was not televised.

Bass-LeSure said she consulted with other judges. She said some were for televising the trial while others were against it. She recalled that as a little girl she had watched the movie "To Kill a Mockingbird,” and it had changed her life. The movie is based on a famous novel about a rape trial in the South.

The pharmacist’s lead defense attorney, Irven Box, predicted the outcome of the case will set important precedents about self-defense.

"I wish every case was televised because I think the public should be aware,” he said. "I think the public’s going to be quite surprised by what goes on in this trial.”

Prater said televising the trial "in this case … is probably appropriate” but would not be in every case. "I don’t want cameras in the courtroom to be just an everyday affair in the Oklahoma County Courthouse,” the prosecutor said. "I do think there is a bit of a disruption when that occurs. … It’s not because I want to hide any evidence. I’m just more concerned with interference with jurors and the sanctity of the courtroom.”

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Trial to be set
Judge Tammy Bass-LeSure will meet Dec. 2 with prosecutors and defense attorneys to schedule a trial. She said the trial could be in June or August.

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