As the probable date for a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the reform law nears, senators are urging the court to introduce cameras for a live broadcast.
The Supreme Court has never allowed cameras in the courtroom, despite numerous bills in Congress over the years that have threatened to force the change. But on Monday, the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee sent Chief Justice John Roberts a letter asking the court to allow a live broadcast of its highly anticipated decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
“A minimal number of cameras in the courtroom … would provide live coverage of what may be one of the most historic rulings of our time,” said the letter (PDF) from committee chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). “We believe permitting the nation to watch the proceedings would bolster public confidence in our judicial system and in the decisions of the court.”