Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

SUPREME COURT; Time to Add Cameras

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

SUPREME COURT; Time to Add Cameras

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The Supreme Court needs to get rid of the quill pens and get with the 20th century.

We're not asking the high court to join the 21st century. That would be too much.

Some arguments are already available in audio recordings, but we have progressed beyond radio in the last century.

But the idea of televising oral arguments before the justices is too much for them, it seems.

According to a new scientific poll, 85 percent of Americans approve of televising the arguments before the court once they realize that spectators and media are already there.

The fear supposedly is that attorneys will grandstand before this august body.

Not likely. Does anyone think the court can't handle an unruly lawyer?

Just chastise the person. The humiliation would be enough.

The benefits from televising arguments would be huge, especially for those rare cases when momentous decisions are handed down.

Imagine Bush vs. Gore in 2000.

Not only would this have news value, it would have educational value and would probably raise the visibility and respect of the court. …

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