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C-SPAN comes through again with a comprehensive overview of the debate on cameras in the Supreme Court.

The refusal to let cameras into the Supreme Court deprives the public of great education about the court’s operation, not to mention the vim of the arguments. Oral argument is open to the public to watch, but only about 100 lucky people at a time get to see it. The court lets me listen to the arguments (a year later, no less), but why should there be a prohibition on what I can see when other (more fortunate) members of the public can? C-SPAN has repeatedly offered to supply this service without distracting the operation of the court.

Judges are government officers, and government should be open. Open to everybody, not just those who happen to be in Washington. To permit audio recordings but not video is archaic and weak.

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