Iowa radio station protests denial of court access

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Coralville radio station is protesting a judge’s decision to bar it from covering a trial that would have been open to newspaper and television cameramen.

KCJJ owner Steve Soboroff said his station planned to broadcast Wednesday’s trial of Jeff Waite on a misdemeanor assault charge in Johnson County.

He says court staff told its reporter that Magistrate Judge Lynn Rose wouldn’t allow him to use a microphone or other audio equipment.

KCJJ had applied for permission to cover the case last month under Iowa’s expanded media coverage rules. Rose entered an order Tuesday limiting courtroom coverage to one still camera and one video camera with a microphone — but no radio equipment.

Soboroff says he believes that’s illegal, and he’ll pursue legal action. Rose didn’t immediately return a message.

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