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Report: SCOTUS Denies C-SPAN's Last Request for Same-Day Audio This Term

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 14 2010

Credit: Ken McCown

C-SPAN, you might recall, has been pushing the U.S. Supreme Court to open up its proceedings through TV broadcasts and release of same-day audio recordings. Sometimes it has some luck, and other times it doesn't. The 2009-201o term seems to have been an unlucky stretch. A C-SPAN contact writes to say that its seventh and final request this term for same-day audio was denied earlier today. The proceedings at issue are Monday's oral arguments in Christian Legal Society Chapter v. Martinez, which has to do with the recognition of a religious group at a public law school when that group excludes gays and lesbians. That leaves C-SPAN's requests to the court for same-day audio release at 0 for 7 this term.

Years past had worked out better. Last term, C-SPAN requested nine cases, and the Court gave the go-ahead on two. In 2007-2008, eight requests resulted in three yesses. And in 2006-2007, C-SPAN asked for same-day audio release in seven cases, and the Supreme Court agreed to four.

As is its practice, the Supreme Court's denial of C-SPAN's request came with no explanation.

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