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    Re: Should There be TV Coverage of Open Supreme Court Sessions?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Not only should it be televised they should also have to state on televisions exactly how and why something violates or does not violate the US constition and what founding documents lead them to their conclusions.
    Umm, they do that when they issue their rulings ...

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    Re: Should There be TV Coverage of Open Supreme Court Sessions?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    Umm, they do that when they issue their rulings ...
    Seeing how some of them consider foreign laws regarding a US constitutional issue it would interesting to see them do that in front of a camera.
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    Re: Should There be TV Coverage of Open Supreme Court Sessions?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Not only should it be televised they should also have to state on televisions exactly how and why something violates or does not violate the US constition and what founding documents lead them to their conclusions.
    This is in the opinion, james, and widely reproduced.

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    Re: Should There be TV Coverage of Open Supreme Court Sessions?

    I could see how it could cause problems. Honestly, though, as someone who has read Supreme Court decisions, I have to say I doubt many people would watch either way. They tend to be rather long and dry reading. As James's post above, trust me they go into great detail when it comes to how they make their decisions. Even Justices who I disagree with usually make compelling arguments.
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    Re: Should There be TV Coverage of Open Supreme Court Sessions?

    I want to say yes. I like the idea of transparency.

    On the other hand, I can't think of anybody less telegenic than Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


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    Re: Should There be TV Coverage of Open Supreme Court Sessions?

    Quote Originally Posted by U.S. Socialist. View Post
    I could see how it could cause problems. Honestly, though, as someone who has read Supreme Court decisions, I have to say I doubt many people would watch either way. They tend to be rather long and dry reading. As James's post above, trust me they go into great detail when it comes to how they make their decisions. Even Justices who I disagree with usually make compelling arguments.
    I can think of two demographics that would watch. Lawyers and other judges. Another demographic that would watch are the people who has a stake (or thinks they do) in the outcome of a particular trial. Examples: Gay marriage, Obamacare. I would definitely watch those myself.
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    Re: Should There be TV Coverage of Open Supreme Court Sessions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Senate panel approves bill to televise high court - Yahoo! News



    Would you support this being made into law? Should we be able to watch open SCOTUS sessions?
    No.

    Televised court rooms are already media circuses. I don't think the Supreme Court should be one as well.

    Besides, there's already public scrutiny in that there are transcripts and audio recordings available to the public. I don't see how allowing lawyers and the Justices to make spectacles of themselves is conducive to anything.
    Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.

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    Re: Should There be TV Coverage of Open Supreme Court Sessions?

    Quote Originally Posted by U.S. Socialist. View Post
    I could see how it could cause problems. Honestly, though, as someone who has read Supreme Court decisions, I have to say I doubt many people would watch either way. They tend to be rather long and dry reading. As James's post above, trust me they go into great detail when it comes to how they make their decisions. Even Justices who I disagree with usually make compelling arguments.
    I would make the argument that one reason why their arguments remain compelling and why their decisions are rather long and dry is because of the lack of televised sessions.
    Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.

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    Re: Should There be TV Coverage of Open Supreme Court Sessions?

    I'd be interested to see the ratings for said sessions, sadly I'd be willing to bet they'd score well below most useless crap on television.

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    Re: Should There be TV Coverage of Open Supreme Court Sessions?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    I would make the argument that one reason why their arguments remain compelling and why their decisions are rather long and dry is because of the lack of televised sessions.
    You may very well be right. I don't see what good could come from this, but I do see several problems.

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