petition for a writ of mandamus or prohibition challenging a
district court order allowing filming of petitioner's
criminal trial by real party in interest My Entertainment TV.
M. Schieck, Special Public Defender, and Robert Arroyo,
Randall H. Pike, and JoNell Thomas, Deputy Special Public
Defenders, Clark County, for Petitioner.
Paul Laxalt, Attorney General, Carson City; Steven B.
Wolfson, ! District Attorney, Steven S. Owens,
Chief Deputy District Attorney, and Agnes M. Lexis, Deputy
District Attorney, Clark County, for Real Party in Interest
the State of Nevada.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP, and Tami D. Cowden, Mark G. Tratos,
and Lisa J. Zastrow, Las Vegas, for Real Party in Interest My
Office of Lisa Rasmussen and Lisa A. Rasmussen, Las Vegas,
for Amicus Curiae Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice.
THE COURT EN BANC.
petition, we are asked to interpret Supreme Court Rules
governing media in the courtroom. The writ petition arises
from My Entertainment TV (MET) filming petitioner Michael
Solid's first-degree murder trial for use in the
television show Las Vegas Law. Solid contends that
(1) MET is not a "news reporter" under these rules;
(2) MET's footage will not be used for solely educational
or informational purposes, but may instead be used for
unrelated advertising purposes; (3) the district court erred
by allowing MET to film the trial; and (4) the terms of
MET's television series agreement with the Clark County
District Attorney require the Special Public Defenders
assigned to Solid's case to give written consent to allow
conclude that (1) MET is a "news reporter" under
Supreme Court Rule (SCR) 229, (2) MET is using the footage
for educational or informational purposes pursuant to SCR
241, (3) the district court did not err in allowing MET to
film Solid's trial under SCR 230, and (4) the television
series agreement does not require the consent of Solid's
trial counsel. For these reasons, we deny Solid's writ
AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
films and produces Las Vegas Law, a television
"docudrama" focused on the Clark County District
Attorney's Office. MET and Clark County signed a
television series agreement allowing MET to film and produce
relevant part, the television series agreement provides:
[Clark] County agrees to allow [MET] to enter the [Clark
County District Attorney's Office] with personnel and
equipment... for the purpose of. . . [conducting]
("Filming Activity") in connection with [Las
Vegas Law] ....
[i]n regards to Filming Activity directly involving County
personnel, County facilities and County property, [MET]
(i) Whether a County employee is to be recorded, filmed,
taped or photographed is a personal decision of each
individual County employee. All Filming Activity of County
employees will be undertaken only with each individual
employee's written consent....
of Solid's trial
to jury selection, MET filed a media request to film
Solid's trial. The district court granted the request.
Solid then ...