One of the strongest opponents of electronic media coverage of Supreme Court proceedings, David Souter, is among the most recent retirees. And now, the most recent nominee, called for the exact opposite. Elena Kagan told the Senate Judiciary Committee that she would welcome cameras into the courtroom.
In answer to a question on the topic from Herb Kohl (D-WI), Kagan said, “I think it would be a terrific thing to have cameras in the courtroom. When you see what happens there, it’s an inspiring sight…All nine justices are so prepared, they’re so smart, they’re so thorough, they’re so engaged…you’re really seeing an institution of government at work…A lot of [the issues], the American people should be really concerned about and should be interested in so I think it would be a great thing for the institution and more important I think it would be a great thing for the American people.”
The Radio Television Digital News Association was especially pleased by Kagan’s testimony. “We are encouraged with this stance, since the Solicitor General strongly emphasized the value cameras in the Supreme Court have for the American people,” said RTDNA Chairman Mark Kraham. “If she’s confirmed, I hope she holds steadfast with her position and gives us as journalists, and as American citizens, a chance to take a closer look at the U.S. legal system.”