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Should the Supremes Reign Supreme on TV?

Howard Bashman's latest column asks the question: Should Congress Mandate Supreme Court TV? 
Bashman addresses both sides of allowing TV media access, including the widely cited argument that access might diminish the dignity of proceedings or cause lawyers to "play to the cameras."  Bashman responds to this argument head on, describing his experiences in other courts that allow media access without incident and also with the point that Supreme Court cases already are well-publicized; television access wouldn't expose much more.

On the pro side, Bashman notes that while appellate and Supreme Court arguments may not make the "most riveting viewing," television access could improve accuracy in case reporting and inform the public.  While Bashman supports pending legislation to mandate access, he also proposes a compromise such as same day audio files, which would accomplish the same informational and educational goals.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on April 17, 2006 at 03:28 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


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