New coalition tries to get cameras into Supreme Court

McClatchy Washington BureauFebruary 18, 2014 

An ever-hopeful group calling itself the Coalition for Court Transparency is making the latest bid to get television cameras into the Supreme Court.

Representing an assortment of journalism organizations, like the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the Coalition has posted an online petition addressed to Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr.

"I hope you will heed our call for a more open judiciary and make the court more accessible to every American by allowing cameras to broadcast oral arguments," the petition states, adding that "additional exposure to the high quality of the debates that take place daily before the Supreme Court can only enhance the court's stature and the public's knowledge, understanding and esteem for the court."

The Coalition is also going to be airing a 30-second television spot on cable news shows promoting the cause.

The perennial push for cameras in the courtroom has included legislation and congressional hearings, but has never gained traction in the court itself.

 

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