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house Bill H.R. 1025

Should Supreme Court Proceedings be Televised?

Argument in favor

Court decisions are an important part of American public policy, and televising court proceedings will help the public better understand court decisions and processes. The American people should be allowed to watch proceedings that affect them, and may even be more likely to accept judicial decisions if they can observe oral arguments and decision announcements.

Deanna's Opinion
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09/07/2018
Yes they should. As citizens and taxpayers in this country, our government needs to have transparency. The individuals in the government have no more or less rights than anyone of us. They should show that they put this country first and do the right thing to protect this country as per the oath they took when taking office. These confirmations are not just for them. They are deciding for the country who is going to be making our laws, our decisions, our way of life. It is for all of America.
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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09/07/2018
Without a doubt the public should be able to watch the working of the Supreme Court on television. I have no doubt they will find it boring as hell for the most part but it will serve to not only show what the Court does and how it does it but will add transparency to the Justice System and give opportunities to people to see where laws might need to be changed due to court findings.
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LiberalMama's Opinion
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09/07/2018
Keep Kavanaugh OFF the SCOTUS bench!!! Putting him there is SOOO wrong!! (You need us taxpayers that VOTE to KEEP you in Congress, don’t you??!!). Then THIS is what we WANT! Someone middle-of-the road should get that — NOT a right-winger! We are in the 21st. Century, people, NOT the Dark Ages...!! 😡 As far as televising SCOTUS proceedings go, of course it should be televised. Transparency must be adhered to for we the people in order for us to trust the government!
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Argument opposed

The work of the nation’s appellate courts and Supreme Courts is largely textual — live or broadcasted coverage of proceedings cannot fully capture the considerations in play when justices make decisions. Televising court proceedings could encourage grandstanding, playing to partisan interests, or lead to misunderstandings about the court’s workings or decisions.

Stan's Opinion
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09/07/2018
Televising Supreme Court hearings would encourage both justices and attorneys to play to the cameras. I don’t want justices to be publicity hounds and I don’t want attorneys hamming it up as though their performance at the hearing is going to make or break the case. Cases are mostly decided by filings; the hearing contributes something but doesn’t make the whole case.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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09/07/2018
SCOTUS is already the most transparent branch of government, but it’s not a bleeping circus!! Cameras in the courtroom are a unnecessary distraction. SCOTUS post their decisions on their websites almost immediately and court transcripts are open to the public. If you want to watch a court, they are open to the public. Just go sit and watch. Or be a juror.. Stop trying to warp it into F’ing Judge Judy reality tv BS. We get plenty of BS from the WH and our drug-addled old congresscritters. We don’t need to corrupt our SCOTUS by commercialization.
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Jason's Opinion
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09/07/2018
In deference to the separation of powers, I suggest that this is an issue for the courts to decide.
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    Yes they should. As citizens and taxpayers in this country, our government needs to have transparency. The individuals in the government have no more or less rights than anyone of us. They should show that they put this country first and do the right thing to protect this country as per the oath they took when taking office. These confirmations are not just for them. They are deciding for the country who is going to be making our laws, our decisions, our way of life. It is for all of America.
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    Televising Supreme Court hearings would encourage both justices and attorneys to play to the cameras. I don’t want justices to be publicity hounds and I don’t want attorneys hamming it up as though their performance at the hearing is going to make or break the case. Cases are mostly decided by filings; the hearing contributes something but doesn’t make the whole case.
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    Without a doubt the public should be able to watch the working of the Supreme Court on television. I have no doubt they will find it boring as hell for the most part but it will serve to not only show what the Court does and how it does it but will add transparency to the Justice System and give opportunities to people to see where laws might need to be changed due to court findings.
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    Keep Kavanaugh OFF the SCOTUS bench!!! Putting him there is SOOO wrong!! (You need us taxpayers that VOTE to KEEP you in Congress, don’t you??!!). Then THIS is what we WANT! Someone middle-of-the road should get that — NOT a right-winger! We are in the 21st. Century, people, NOT the Dark Ages...!! 😡 As far as televising SCOTUS proceedings go, of course it should be televised. Transparency must be adhered to for we the people in order for us to trust the government!
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    Yes, Democracy dies in darkness.
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    SCOTUS is already the most transparent branch of government, but it’s not a bleeping circus!! Cameras in the courtroom are a unnecessary distraction. SCOTUS post their decisions on their websites almost immediately and court transcripts are open to the public. If you want to watch a court, they are open to the public. Just go sit and watch. Or be a juror.. Stop trying to warp it into F’ing Judge Judy reality tv BS. We get plenty of BS from the WH and our drug-addled old congresscritters. We don’t need to corrupt our SCOTUS by commercialization.
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    I think we all should be able to watch and hear cases before the Supreme Court the cases they hear and decide affects all of us. We should be able to see and hear everything. Hear is my question what are they hiding if they conduct themselves professionally and judicial then show us. Maybe if there had been cameras in the Supreme Court more people would have known that justice Thomas for over 10 years just sits there and never asks questions why is he even there if he does not question anyone arguing a case before him. I think if a Justice just sits and asks nothing for over a decade he should be removed from the bench and replaced with someone who is engaged during a case not just a robe sitting in a chair.
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    If no one else will give oversight, we the people have to!
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    Brett Kavanaugh perjured himself
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    We The people have a right to see and hear it all.
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    The decisions made by SCOTUS affect ALL Americans. We need to be allowed to see what is the reasoning behind these decisions. After all, "a picture is worth a thousand words"
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    Transparency is important. If votes in Congress are televised, rulings in the Supreme Court should be televised.
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    How else do you expect the people to be involved? New mediums offer new lenses and the fact that we haven’t yet done this with TV baffles me.
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    This is OUR country
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    In deference to the separation of powers, I suggest that this is an issue for the courts to decide.
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    Why not?
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    It’s important for citizens to be more informed with Supreme Court proceedings!
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    All Supreme Court proceedings should be televised as the House and Senate now do. Trump needs to be stopped, Kavanaugh cannot be appointed in the midst of the insane proceedings that McConnel and the Republicans are again railroading through. STOP THE MADNESS!
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    Yes there shouldn't even be a question about it
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    How is the public supposed to engage if we feel like things are constantly hidden from us. We are big boys and girls. We can handle the truth and deserve it. These 9 people are making decisions for us all. We deserve to be able to check in and see what and how they are doing their jobs.
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