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CNN intern has a GoPro camera strapped to chest at Supreme Court

Well, this is interesting: Supreme Court v CNN.

Intern Walbert Castillo, assigned as a runner to Supreme Court correspondent Ariane de Vogue, was supposed to be relaying the court’s opinions from the building to de Vogue, who was waiting in the plaza, Dylan Byers of Politico reports.

In addition to his runner duties, Castillo had been asked to wear a GoPro camera to record the event for an episode of CNN’s digital video series, “Being Moody,” hosted by reporter Chris Moody. Castillo kept the GoPro recording while he was in the press room, which was prohibited — the Supreme Court fears that a recording device may pick up audio of a court decision — and was forced to turn it off. Castillo and other interns were then briefly removed from the room.

In a statement to Politico, CNN said that Castillo “misunderstood the rules about recording inside the Supreme Court’s Public Information Office and acted inappropriately. We’ve taken the necessary action to remedy this situation. We profusely apologize to the Court.”

In the DC bureau, they were scurrying around to fix this error, Byers reports:

Meanwhile, back at CNN, Washington bureau chief and SVP Sam Feist convened a meeting of top CNN editors and executives, including deputy bureau chief Virginia Moseley, managing editor Adam Levine, coverage director Laura Bernardini, politics executive editor Rachel Smolkin, politics managing editor Z. Byron Wolf and spokesperson Matt Dornic. The executives and editors called the Supreme Court to apologize, and also called to apologize to de Vogue. At some point, the legal team was also consulted as a cautionary measure, in the event that Castillo had gone rogue and intentionally tried to disobey court rules.

Castillo agreed to turn off his camera and was permitted to re-enter.


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