Camera Coverage of the Supreme Court

Although it isn’t addressed in her post, Ann Althouse makes very good arguments today for extending C-Span-style camera coverage to arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court.

This is a soapbox I have been on for years (see here for one example). Ann also has addressed the issue directly, and is in favor.

Back in the 1980s, our current Chief Justice, John Roberts, expressed skepticism about the wisdom of having camera coverage of the Supreme Court. (I base this on a statement he made in a panel discussion back then, itself broadcast by C-Span and rebroadcast in 2005.) During his Supreme Court confirmation hearings, however, Roberts said he was agnostic on the point — so at least he is heading in the right direction.

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