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Jul
10

Despite Kagan Charm, High Court Still Camera Shy

For most, it’s not as entertaining as watching a singer make the American Idol judges’ jaws drop, or seeing a hard-charging entrepreneur impress The Donald.

But if you happen to be someone who would like to kick back on the couch and watch an exceptionally talented lawyer win over the members of the United States Supreme Court, don’t get your hopes up.

You can’t – at least not yet.

Unlike the everyday proceedings of the House and Senate chambers, the high court’s consideration of important cases takes place out of the eye of television lenses. And unlike the public scene of Elena Kagan’s confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill this week, the snapping of camera shutters is silenced in the court’s chamber. Reporters covering arguments leave their cell phones, laptops, audio recorders, and Blackberries at the door. Except in a few cases, audio recordings are not available until the end of the court’s term, although transcripts are published on the Supreme Court’s website on the day of the arguments.

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