Senate Panel Ponders Supreme Court TV; Specter Says C-SPAN “Ready, Willing”

A Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Tuesday debated whether Congress could force the Supreme Court to allow cameras to broadcast arguments live — or whether it even should. The sticking point, of course, is that whole separation of powers thing. As it is, Supreme Court arguments are released as transcripts and audio recordings after the justices hear cases; live TV or audio is not allowed. The topic is garnering renewed interest this election cycle thanks to the Court preparing to hear arguments about the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care law, which is sure to be a major talking point in the upcoming presidential elections. The Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts heard testimony from witnesses including former Sen. Arlen Specter, who said that like for the House of Representatives beginning in 1979 and the Senate in 1986, C-SPAN “stands ready, willing and anxious to televise Supreme Court proceedings.”

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