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DuPage Co. holds first televised court hearing

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 11:30 a.m. CDT

WHEATON (AP) — DuPage County's top prosecutor says the first foray into having cameras in court in a Chicago-area criminal case went smoothly but it's too early to issue a final verdict.

DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin says he didn't notice that cameras during a brief hearing Wednesday.

Elzbieta Plackowska of Naperville pleaded not guilty during the hearing to murder charges in the deaths of her son and a girl she was babysitting.

Asked afterward if he thinks cameras in the courtroom are a good idea, Berlin responded: "We'll see." He says he's concerned cameras could be a distraction or harm a defendant's right to a fair trial.

Public defender Michael Mara declined to comment on the cameras, saying his only job is to represent Plackowska.

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