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Justices: Cameras Would Censor Supreme Court

Two Supreme Court justices expressed concern that if cameras were present during oral arguments in Supreme Court cases, the justices may feel pressured to edit what they say.

“You think it won’t affect you, your questioning,” Justice Stephen Breyer said today during a hearing of a House Appropriations Committee subpanel. However, he continued, “the first time you see on prime time television somebody taking a picture of you and really using it in a way that you think is completely unfair… in order to caricature [your position]… the first time you see that, you will watch a lot more carefully what you say.”

Justice Anthony Kennedy agreed, adding that he wouldn’t want that “insidious dynamic” in the courtroom.

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