A new era of leadership for the U.S. Supreme Court should mean that cameras finally come to that hallowed courtroom. Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., has called for cameras for a decade. But under Chief Justice William Rehnquist, the court resisted them on the grounds that they would alter the proceedings and tone and somehow violate justicesâ€™ privacy. Nonsense. But even if Roberts accepts cameras, it would be over the objections of justices including Anthony Kennedy, Stephen Breyer and David Souter. “The day you see a camera come into our courtroom, itâ€™s going to roll over my dead body,” Souter said in 1996. But the opposition of a justice who doesnâ€™t even own a computer shouldnâ€™t rule the day in 2005.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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