Cameras & Protestors in the Court?

camerasoutsidethecourt The Coalition for Court Transparency has renewed its plea that the United States Supreme Court allow cameras in the courtroom to record and broadcast court proceedings.  On March 9, 2014, 50 years after the Court’s decision in New York Times v. Sullivan, the Coalition penned a letter to Justice Roberts, saying “…we believe the Supreme Court should embrace contemporary expectations of transparency by public officials and allow the recording and broadcast of its courtroom proceedings….All 50 state supreme courts have more modern broadcasting guidelines than the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit began video-streaming all en banc oral arguments in December 2013….”  According to the coalition, video broadcasts will help the public better understand the important work that the Court does.

The renewed request comes after protestor Noah Newkirk interrupted court proceedings on February 26, 2014.  Someone with a hidden camera surreptitiously recorded the protest and the Court’s proceedings, posting the video to YouTube.

Hat Tip:, Tony Mauro, Coalition Pushes Cameras in U.S. Supreme Court


About Lisa Smith-Butler

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