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Should Congress force SCOTUS to allow cameras?

I for one think it should.  Glad to know that none other than Senator Specter agrees.

"I believe Congress has the authority, should it choose to do so, to direct the Supreme Court to permit its proceedings to be televised," Specter said. "The Supreme Court, in a series of cases, has said the public has a right to know what is going on inside the courtroom, and that was the case which involved Richmond Newspapers. Well, in an electronic era, where the public gets so much of its information via television or via radio, there ought to be that access."

Source: Law.com - Specter on Supreme Court Cameras and Candidates

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Posted at 2:20 PM, Apr 13, 2010 in Supreme Court
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Senator Specter has made a career out of being wrong, which is why he became a Democrat. This is another unsound idea from him. I think that the desire to turn the Supreme Court into yet another so-called reality television show would do great damage to the image and dignity of the Court.

I know why Specter (a stooge for the trial bar) wants this change - any attorney arguing a case in front of the US Supreme Court would receive instant celebrity status, worth its weight in free advertising

Posted by: Avenger | April 13, 2010 6:59 PM

Very, very, very, very, very few "trial lawyers" ever get to argue before the Supreme Court. A handful of "white shoe" law firms do the majority of those cases. They're already celebrities in the legal community. This makes sense - the skills to persuade people like Scalia and Roberts of a legal point are nothing like the skills needed to persuade a jury.

My tax dollars go to pay the salary of everyone on the bench. Every decision they make is a matter of public record. I should be able to watch the process without having to fly to DC.

Posted by: Justinian Lane | April 13, 2010 7:36 PM