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Souter Won’t Allow Cameras in High Court

Washington Post

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.

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