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Senate Committee Approves Bill To Put Cameras In The Supreme Court

Publication Date: 
February 10, 2012
Daily Journal
Robert Iafolla

Lecturer Thomas Goldstein was quoted by the Daily Journal's Robert Iafolla on a bill passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee to put cameras in the U.S. Supreme Court.

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein broke with her Democratic colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday by opposing a bill to put cameras in the U.S. Supreme Court.

But that didn't stop the panel from approving the measure.

The committee passed the legislation on an 11-7 vote, with two Republicans joining the Democrats. Proponents said it was time to open the court to all Americans, not just the relative few who can attend the sessions in person.


"I haven't ever had the sense that this had enough of a groundswell of support to make it to the floor, given the tendency to defer to the court's ultimate judgment on this sort of thing," Thomas C. Goldstein, partner with Goldstein & Russell PC and publisher of SCOTUSblog, said in an email. "Instead, it has seemed to me to be a sort of brush back pitch."