Roberts Noncommittal on Court Cameras

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Supreme Court nominee Judge John Roberts was noncommittal Tuesday about allowing TV cameras to record high court sessions.

Asked by Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) if he would support televising the court’s public proceedings if confirmed as chief justice, Roberts said, “Senator, it’s not something that I have a settled view on.”

Roberts said although he was aware of recording experiments in the Supreme Court and lower courts, he would need to consult with the other Supreme Court justices about letting TV cameras into the court.

That Roberts refused to rule out cameras set him apart from some current Supreme Court justices. For example, Justices David Souter and Antonin Scalia have strongly opposed cameras. Scalia said TV coverage would rely on highlights and distort court proceedings.

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