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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Specter Introduces Bill To Allow Cameras in Supreme Court

Senator Arlen Specter (Pa.), joined by several other colleagues, has introduced legislation to allow the televising of Supreme Court proceedings. Here is the text of the bill.

Mr. SPECTER (for himself, Mr. LEAHY, Mr. CORNYN, Mr. ALLEN, Mr. GRASSLEY, Mr. SCHUMER, and Mr. FEINGOLD) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


To permit the televising of Supreme Court proceedings.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. AMENDMENT TO TITLE 28.

    (a) In General- Chapter 45 of title 28, United States Code, is amended by inserting at the end the following:

`Sec. 678. Televising Supreme Court proceedings

    `The Supreme Court shall permit television coverage of all open sessions of the Court unless the  Court decides, by a vote of the majority of justices, that allowing such coverage in a particular case would constitute a violation of the due process rights of 1 or more of the parties before the Court .'.

    (b) Clerical Amendment- The chapter analysis for chapter 45 of title 28, United States Code, is amended by inserting at the end the following:

      `678. Televising Supreme Court proceedings.'.

Read more in a Post-Gazette article here.

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