Durbin Pushing For Broadcast Of Supreme Court Hearings

(CBS) — Another effort is under way to require broadcast audio and video coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Attempts to allow microphones and cameras in court aren’t new, and many states already allow them inside their courtrooms. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is co-sponsoring a measure to require broadcast of Supreme Court proceedings, because he says it’s the right thing to do.

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“I think this is necessary and positive in terms of our democracy,” he says. “When we demystify the decisions of government, when the American people can see them being made and hear the arguments, we’re better for it.”

Durbin says he’d also favor required audio and video coverage for U.S. district and appellate courts.

The Supreme Court last year began releasing audio recordings of the proceedings and, in 1947, declared that what transpires in the chamber is public property.

  • jjohn

    Swell ! Popular opinion rules, not the rule of law. I can’t wait- people that stay up all night listing to radio programs about Elvis sightings influsing the Supreme court. That Durbin is a smart fellow… .

  • mrbfd

    They make audio recordings of the proceedings, am I right? Those are available to the public. But have the Supremes allowed themselves to be video-recorded? Methinks not. Maybe they need to take that little tiny step/giant leap first before they consider live broadcasts thereof.

    corporation = person

    & yes, Durbin is still a moron, advocating his moronic agendas.

  • mrbfd

    Federal court cases have been recorded on 4-track audiotapes for a long time. Four voices: the judge, two attorneys & the witness(es). It’s cameras that courts have been terrified of. But a tiny viddycam, always trained on the witness, never lies. Has a clock & an elapsed time counter that can’t be fiddled with. Ham-fisted OJ trial set everything back by decades.

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