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50 state supreme courts allow cameras, but not the US Supreme Court; is it a ‘fragile flower’?

Oct 28, 2013, 03:11 pm CDT


The claim that all 50 state supreme courts allow cameras is wrong. The Supreme Court of Virginia imposes a complete blackout. It does not allow cameras or recording devices. It does not even create transcripts or allow litigants to bring in a court reporter to have them created. It makes audio recordings for the justices' own use, but it refuses to release them publicly. Here's one citation for this:

By DavidH on 2013 10 28, 3:48 pm CDT

We don't need Justices of the Supreme Court playing to the cameras (or to the media) any more than the are presently doing so.

By Yankee on 2013 10 28, 4:49 pm CDT

Try as they might to hide the fact, the Supremes' fallibility and humanity is patently obvious to anyone who knows where to look (for example, their opinions).

By NoleLaw on 2013 10 28, 4:54 pm CDT

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By Court Reporter in New York on 2013 10 28, 5:47 pm CDT

Have to agree with Yankee here, @ 2.

Many--if not all--of the courtrooms in California Superior Courts have cameras for security purposes only. And there are cameras outside the courthouses that tape the events within a certain distance of the buildings. To my knowledge, no one has access to these tapes other than LEOs.

By BMF on 2013 10 28, 6:10 pm CDT

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