"If cameras were in the courtroom, the American public would see an amazing and extraordinary event,” Elena Kagan, who Obama announced today was his new nominee for the high court, said last year during a judicial conference (which, yes, was televised on C-SPAN). “I think if you put the cameras in the courtroom, people would see, 'Wow,' they would see an institution of their government I think working at a really high level.”
Justice David Souter had warned in 1996 that “the day you see a camera come into my courtroom, it’s going to roll over my dead body.” Souter retired last year, but other justices have remained opposed to the idea of broadcasting Supreme Court hearings the same way House and Senate sessions are shown.
That could begin to change, though. Sonia Sotomayor, who was nominated last year by Obama, said she was open to the idea.
“I have had positive experiences with cameras when I have been asked to join experiments using cameras in the courtroom,” Sotomayor said during her confirmation hearings, saying she would “relay” those experiences to other justices if she were confirmed.
Those comments are available on C-SPAN.
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