S.M. Oliva on the Case for Cameras in the Supreme Court

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England, Australia, Canada, and many other nations allow cameras in their high courts. Yet the U.S. Supreme Court continues to oppose such transparency. One justice even told Congress, "I can tell you the day you see a camera come into our courtroom, it's going to roll over my dead body." But as S.M. Oliva argues, there is little reason any American should have confidence in the Court's decisions on issues like freedom of the press and government surveillance when the justices themselves continue to hide behind closed doors.

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