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Can’t the Supreme Court Just Say No to Cameras?

Dave Hoffman

Dave Hoffman is the Murray Shusterman Professor of Transactional and Business Law at Temple Law School. He specializes in law and psychology, contracts, and quantitative analysis of civil procedure. He currently teaches contracts, civil procedure, corporations, and law and economics.

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3 Responses

  1. Joe says:

    Congress tells the Court “how to run its house” in various respects. Can the USSC decide two justices are a quorum? That they will not meet at all? It’s something of a balancing test & the “decide in a few days” rule points to that. What if the USSC decides to keep all arguments secret?

    I also don’t know what “due process” right is present in a USSC argument if the press is there and audio is provided.

    Anyway, it’s a bad idea for them to force the issue. As a matter of brunt power, seems a hard call to say Congress doesn’t have the power.

  2. Howard Wasserman says:

    Is disobeying a law requiring broadcasting an impeachable offense? There are also sorts of nice ways to game out the constitutional possibilities. Ultimately, this is all about political solutions.

  3. Isn’t there also a plausible threat that Congress would use its power of the purse to punish the Court if it refused to obey the law regarding cameras? Congress can’t cut their salaries, but it can take away their nice building, not pay the salaries for any clerks or other support staff, not give the Court money for heating during the winter…

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