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Scalia: Televising Supreme Court Proceedings Would "Miseducate" Americans

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, July 26 2012

In a sit-down interview with C-SPAN, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia argues that televising the proceedings of the court would "miseducate" the American public. Video, Scalia argues, carries more "impact" than the full audio of the proceedings which are now available. As a result, a 15- or 30-second video excerpt, taken out of context, could do more to create a false perception of the court than an audio clip of the same length. Similarly, he said, those excerpts would be all that the American public sees, as the court's business generally hews towards "all sorts of dull stuff that only a lawyer could understand and perhaps get interested [in]." Vast amounts of the Supreme Court's work would go unseen and what would be seen, he said, would be "uncharacteristic." Read More

New Legislation Would Mandate Cameras in Federal Courts

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, December 7 2011

The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee held a hearing yesterday on bipartisan legislation, introduced by Sens. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), that would require the Supreme Court to televise its ... Read More

The Prop 8 Video Archive Has Been Ordered Unsealed

BY Nick Judd | Monday, September 19 2011

A federal judge in California has ordered that digital recordings of court proceedings surrounding Prop. 8, the controversial constitutional amendment in that state that effectively bans same-sex marriage, be made ... Read More

Cameras Come to Quincy's Court

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 3 2011

Neiman Lab profiles OpenCourt, a new Knight News Challenge-funded project that sets up daily livestreaming of Massachusetts' Quincy District Court. Read More