Lights, Camera . . . Action?

The Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington last week approved S1945, a bill that would require the U.S. Supreme Court to televise its proceedings. This seems like such an obviously good idea.

The High Court is going to hear argument on the constitutionality of Obama’s health-care plan, but only a lucky few will get to hear the proceedings live. Think of the millions of people who watch Madonna at halftime or the next winner of Idol or the Bachelor. Imagine how the country might have focused on the true workings of the Supreme Court if the Bush v Gore proceedings had been televised.

Last month, the Illinois Supreme Court announced that, effective immediately, cameras will be permitted inside all Illinois trial courts. Illinois’ Chief Justice, Thomas Kilbride, explained, “This is another step to bring more transparency and more accountability to the Illinois court system.”


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