And the panelists did their best to undermine those arguments.
“If we care, as I think everyone does in America and each of the justices do, about civic education in the United States, the costs are modest to none and the benefits are a legion and powerful, so it is time for that venerable tradition to come to an end,” said Ken Starr, a former solicitor general, judge and current president of Baylor University.
But it’s not only the high-profile cases that the justices should open up for further public scrutiny; it’s every case that stands to set a new precedent for all other courts in the nation to follow.
That why we continue to join media organizations and other groups across the country to continue to call on the the U.S. Supreme Court to show the lower courts that they have nothing to fear from video coverage. (After all, it’s hard to imagine court watchers being able to read anything more into the justices’ questions than they already do.)