Cameras belong in the Supreme Court

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Mr. Pincus was fortunate to get in and witness the memorable moments he wrote about in his column. But why shouldnt other Americans be able to see what he saw, namely the chief justice of the United States criticizing the president of the United States? Why shouldnt the public see when, to put it kindly, wakefulness escapes one or more justices?

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Wistfully lamenting how cameras have changed Congress and how they might change the Supreme Court is beside the point. Government institutions should not be able to keep out the public just because they liked the good old days, when they could conduct business less visibly. The courts resistance to camera access disserves the public and the court itself.

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The Supreme Court is in every way the peoples court, yet the only way the people can see it in action is to come to Washington and wait in line which, for the same- marriage cases, often meant paying line-sitters hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

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