The Cameras in the Courtroom Act of 2013, re-introduced this week in the U.S. Senate, would allow oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court to be televised, unless a majority of the justices decided on a case-by-case basis that it would violate the due process rights of the parties involved.
Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) re-introduced the bipartisan bill, which is co-sponsored by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota), Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) and John Cornyn (R-Texas). Previous bills have been approved by the Senate Judicary Committee but did not reach a full vote.
"We are encouraged by the work of Senators Grassley and Durbin to advance this legislation," said Mike Cavender, RTDNA Executive Director. "The American public has a right to see the work of the judicial branch of government at its highest levels when decisions about important issues are being made."
The House version of the bill was introduced in January by Representatives Gerry Connolly (D-Virginia) and Ted Poe (R-Texas).
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