Scalia Opposes Courtroom Cameras
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has spoken out strongly against allowing courtroom proceedings to be televised -- be they those of the high court or lower courts. As reported by Broadcasting & Cable, Scalia said on C-SPAN's Students and Leaders: To make entertainment out of real people's legal troubles is quite sick. ... You want to entertain the public? Hire actors and put on Perry Mason or something. I don't think it is right to make enjoyment out of litigation, civil or criminal." He said that he would not be opposed to gavel-to-gavel coverage of Supreme Court proceedings on C-SPAN, but, he said, for every person watching such coverage, "there would be 100,000 who would watch a 15-second take-out from the C-SPAN feed. And I guarantee you that the 15-second take-out would not be characteristic of what we do."