Citing pretrial publicity and a pending motion to change the trial venue, a 4th District Court judge banned television crews from photographing Martin MacNeill during a court hearing Tuesday.
"The court wishes to avoid current pictures of the defendant on television pending trial," Judge Samuel McVey wrote in a pool photographer request filed in 4th District Court. "I will allow video of trial, however."
The timing of the order seemed somewhat odd, considering scores of photos and hours of video footage have been shot of MacNeill since his 2012 arrest. (According to a search of The Salt Lake Tribune photo database, 397 photos are on file for MacNeill's month-long murder trial, including 175 images of MacNeill himself.)