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Dec
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Senators Revive Demand to Put the Supreme Court on TV

The Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts took to the airwaves (webcast, that is) to weigh whether Congress should attempt to mandate that the U.S. Supreme Court televise its oral arguments.

The bipartisan “Cameras in the Courtroom Act” bill was introduced by senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dick Durbin (D-Illinois).

Proponents say that the real-life consequences of Supreme Court decisions — the 2000 Presidential election, abortion and death-penalty questions, as well as the upcoming health-care law debate — demand that the institution provide far more transparency than the mere 250 seats available in the courtroom.

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