Chief Justice: Keep Blackout in High Court


With a handful of exceptions (some family court cases and child custody arguments) cameras are allowed in almost every courtroom in the nation, except one: the United States Supreme Court. The court doesn't allow live television or even audio broadcasting of arguments from inside its chambers. The court provides argument transcripts and some audio on select cases. And Chief Justice John Roberts wants to keep it that way.

In rare comments before a judicial conference held this weekend in West Virginia, Roberts said he's concerned about the effect that having television cameras in the Supreme Court would have on lawyers and justices. He said jurists "unfortunately fall into grandstanding with a couple hundred people in the courtroom" and was worried if that number was dramatically magnified.