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    Should There be TV Coverage of Open Supreme Court Sessions?

    Senate panel approves bill to televise high court - Yahoo! News

    Proceedings of the Supreme Court, long kept out of the view of most Americans, would be televised under a bipartisan bill approved on Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    Justices have long opposed TV cameras in their courtroom, saying they would be disruptive. But backers say such coverage would help provide public scrutiny.


    On a vote of 11-7, the Judiciary Committee sent the measure to the full Senate for consideration. A similar bill was approved by the committee last year but failed to become law.

    The bill would require TV coverage of all of the court's open sessions, unless the justices decide by a majority vote that it would violate due process rights of those before the panel.
    Would you support this being made into law? Should we be able to watch open SCOTUS sessions?
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    Re: Should There be TV Coverage of Open Supreme Court Sessions?

    Of course we should. It's our government. The represented deserve to have confidence that due process is being upheld. People are allowed to sit in courthouses anyway, and it should stay that way so people can become and remain familiar with the rule of law.

    Why would anyone want to keep this secret? Intimidation?

    Last I checked, most people find C-SPAN boring anyway.

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

    Yes, I think transparency is good for all three branches of the government.
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    Re: Should There be TV Coverage of Open Supreme Court Sessions?

    There was a time I agreed 100% with Catabwa. I still think government transparency is a good thing but over the years I've watched Congress turn into a never-ending stage where politicians grand-stand more than ever because they know they're playing to an audience and every move they make is being recorded for posterity. It's makes you wonder how many bad side-effects have come from having cameras in places where only reporters were once allowed. I only hope that in the end the good and bad at least cancel out.

    I voted yes anyway because I think the Justices are old enough and tempered enough to not have it affect their behavior. They also have excellent job security.

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

    Oral argument is fun if you like arcania in the law. I don't care if they televise it or not.....that's not where decisions are made, though they are fun to participate in.

    Otherwise I can't imagine anyone being interested in watching, unless your favorite niece was arguing.

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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?
    Absolutely and we should call it JSPAN

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

    I'd watch, if for no other reason than to see of those stiff-lipped roboticons have a human side. After all, their decisions control the direction of our country, and thus our lives. That's a lot of responsibility for a handful of black-robed partisians who brown-nosed presidents for a coveted place on the bench.

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

    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.
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

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

    Not at all. I have tried cases in state and federal courts to juries and to judges and I have argued before the Federal and state court of appeals. There is no doubt in my mind that over the top BS is ratcheted up when lawyers are playing to juries and even worse when playing to the press.

    Most supreme court justices DID NOT brown nose their way onto the court. Kagan yes. That's about the extent of it. Nixon had never met Rehnquist and said something about getting that smart "jewish guy RHINEGOLD" or "Renchburg"
    (Rehnquist was a lutheran)

    Roberts was well regarded as the top supreme court litigator in the USA when he was put on the court of appeals by Bush and after the Miers debacle, Alito was a sound choice given his long term of service and his stellar work as a US Attorney.

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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?
    We should be able to watch ALL SCOTUS sessions unless it is going to show classified information. If a reporter gets disruptive then remove THAT reporter. Don't punish the whole because of the actions of a few. SCOTUS often has the country in the palm of thier hands and we should have a right to make sure that they are doing thier job correctly just like we do (or should be able to do) with any member of Congress, Senate, or POTUS.
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