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Then there's the possibility that news outlets would use snippets and sound bites in a misleading way. Well, that's a risk we run with having a free press. The same thing could easily happen in a news account for a newspaper or website.
become far less enthusiastic about letting the sunshine in, expressing fears that "people might play to the camera." That was a far cry from her comment during her confirmation hearings, "I have said that I think it would be a terrific thing to have cameras in the courtroom."
Story HighlightsSotomayor and Kagan at one time expressed openness to the idea of camerasCourt plays huge role in American life, including on key issue such as health careC SPAN Brian Lamb has pushed hard for his network to air the proceedings
In the classic Pulp Fiction, Jules (played by Samuel L. Jackson) asks his fellow hit man, Vincent (John Travolta): "You know the shows on TV?"
The objections to cameras seem pretty frail when compared with the public's right to know. Take Kagan's concern that TV might encourage lawyers to showboat. Doing so runs the risk of alienating the justices. Would lawyers really rather brandish their acting chops than win their cases?
Brian Lamb, founder and executive chairman of C SPAN, has waged a long, sometimes lonely battle to get the court to allow his network to air its proceedings. C SPAN sent its first letter seeking permission to turn on the cameras to then Chief Justice William Rehnquist in 1988.
Perhaps the justices should take a cue from our neighbor to the north. The Supreme Court of Canada has allowed arguments to be broadcast since the mid 1990s. Owen Rees, the court's executive legal officer, says that has been a good thing. "The filming of the Supreme Court of Canada's hearings has increased the public's access to the court and its understanding of the court's work," he told the Times. The proceedings are also streamed live on the Internet.
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This backsliding is really unfortunate, because the Supreme Court's anti camera policy is just so wrong for a democracy. The high court plays such a huge role in the lives of Americans, even on one occasion deciding who would be the next president. It was the ultimate arbiter on the fate of President Obama's far reaching and controversial health care legislation. On Wednesday the court heard arguments over the Voting Rights Act, and soon it will be taking up same sex marriage.
It seems unconscionable that Americans can't watch as lawyers present their cases on matters of such great importance and the justices test their arguments.
viewers take the time to actually delve into either the briefs or the legal arguments to appreciate what the court is doing. They speculate about, oh, the judge favors this point rather than that point. Very few of them understand what the process is, which is to play Skechers Equalizer Settle The Score devil's advocate."
And it doesn't look like that will change anytime soon. Indeed, things seem to be moving backward. During their confirmation hearings, the two newest justices, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, indicated that they were open to letting the cameras in. But apparently now that they've joined the club, they have rethought their positions, according to an article in The New York Times last week.
to its misguided policy of refusing to allow its proceedings to be televised. It's a supremely bad idea.
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