If you're like me, you would have appreciated seeing the oral arguments about Obamacare (the Unaffordable Care Act) in front of the U.S. Supreme Court broadcast live. It would have been a great education for Americans about how their government works and the intricacies of public policy and the law.
Yet, SCOTUS, in its infernal wisdom, has decided that the American public has no good use for witnessing the court in action. At least good enough use that it trumps the courts high-and-mighty need for whatever it thinks it is protecting by keeping cameras out of the courtroom.
I guess the biggest argument is that the court is protecting its decorum and keeping lawyers from showing off in front of the cameras. Strikes me, though, that no lawyer would want to threaten his case by annoying the justices by showing off for the cameras. Or that the justices are so powerless that they couldn't stop it from happening. Maybe, the justices don't want to be seen dozing when important issues are being debated.
So, I was glad to see that one group, Fix the Court, is fighting to open up the court's oral arguments to We the People. Here's their ad:
America’s biggest moments wouldn’t be the same without TV — yet some of the most important decisions still happen behind closed doors. It’s time for us to see history made at the Supreme Court in the light of day. Check out Fix the Court’s new TV ad and take action: http://FixTheCourt.com/action
I don't know anything about this group or who's financing it. But on its face, televised oral arguments before SCOTUS (and other courts) is a good idea.