A Thought Experiment: Allow Cameras in the Supreme Court, But Only Admit People from the Public from a Lottery
The Supreme Court has now been live-streaming the oral argument of cases for several months. At the outset, I would listen to every case, whether or not I was interested in it. I’ll admit, now my interest has waned. I will tune into a case that I have some interest in. Or more likely, I’l wait till the transcript comes out. Old habits die hard.
Fortunately, this natural experiment, which was induced by the pandemic, has dispelled certain myths. First, there was a longstanding concern that the news media would splice up soundbites from the arguments in a misleading way. I don’t think this has happened–even for high profile cases involving the President’s tax returns. Second, there was a longstanding c
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