Cameras at the Court
Many unsuccessful attempts have been made to persuade the Court to televise its proceedings. In recent years, several bills to allow television cameras in the courtroom have been introduced in the Senate, and C-SPAN has been asking the Court to televise its proceedings since 1988, but none of these efforts has gained traction with the Court. In 1996, now-retired Justice David Souter famously told a House Appropriations subcommittee, “The day you see a camera come into our courtroom, it’s going to roll over my dead body.” That attitude may be changing, however, as new Justices – some of whom have had positive experiences with televising courtroom proceedings – join the Court. Today in the Community we would like to hear your thoughts on whether the Court should allow its proceedings to be televised, as well as the issues implicated by such a decision.