Justice David H. Souter had some bad news for anyone who might hope cameras will record oral arguments at the Supreme Court. Forget it.
“The day you see a camera come into our courtroom it’s going to roll over my dead body,” Souter told a House Appropriations subcommittee recently.
Souter said the presence of cameras in his New Hampshire courtroom made him pull punches lest he asked a question that would provide a “10-second sound bite on television that night.”
“The whole point of the Supreme Court is that it is not a political institution and it is not part of the entertainment industry of the United States,” he said.