Journalist barred from Boone Co. Courthouse -

Journalist barred from Boone Co. Courthouse

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- A central Missouri judge has barred a newspaper photographer from a courtroom for 30 days after rejecting her written apology for photographing a jury.

Boone County Circuit Judge Gary Oxenhandler called the letter from Chris Dunn "a series of rationalizations."

A photo from Dunn that was posted on the Columbia Missourian's Web site showed the two rows of the jury in a murder trial, although jurors' faces were out of focus. Photographing jury members is prohibited in Missouri.

Dunn is a photojournalism student from Houston who is attending the University of Missouri School of Journalism. The Missourian is a publication of the journalism school.

Oxenhandler also said the court offered Dunn another chance "to write a meaningful apology" but she declined.

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