In this day and age where we can watch proceedings in just about every court in the land through the use of cameras, how is it that we are not afforded the same access to the most pressing cases in our nation with the U.S. Supreme Court?
The Supreme Court has roughly 500 seats available to view proceedings, and after all the Justices, clerks, lawyers and their guests get priority seating, there are maybe 50 seats left to the general public. People camp outside of the Supreme Court for days sometimes -- including in freezing cold weather -- to try and get one of these few coveted open seats, but shouldn’t all of America be allowed to watch proceedings before our nation’s highest court? Especially when the Court is hearing such blockbuster cases on issues related to voting rights, civil rights, and so much more.
TV cameras should be allowed to record Supreme Court proceedings. A majority of Americans support cameras in the courtroom, and a number of Supreme Court Justices have said in the past that they’d be willing to consider having cameras record proceedings.
It is in the best interests of our nation that we allow more access to view arguments in these most pressing of judicial matters. The U.S. Supreme Court deals with cases and case law that impacts each and every one us everyday.
We are in desperate need of a C-SPAN type channel for the SCOTUS, or at the very least a pool camera for the networks, so that ALL Americans, not just the 50 or seats left after Justices, lawyers, clerks, and their guests have been seated in chambers.