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Senators want TV cameras at Supreme Court

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It's hard to predict how the Supreme Court will rule on the Obama health law, but we can safely forecast the court's action in one aspect of the case: It will strike down a request by the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee to televise the ruling.

Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and the committee's top Republican, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, made another attempt at persuading the justices on Tuesday, writing to Chief Justice John Roberts that a live broadcast "would permit millions of citizens the opportunity to view what so few can from the court's small and limited public gallery."

Perhaps nodding to recent polls suggesting trust in the high court has declined, the senators wrote, "We believe permitting the nation to watch the proceedings would bolster public confidence in our judicial system and in the decisions of the Court."

On days when it releases decisions, the court is in session and the author of the majority opinion in a case reads highlights of the opinion. Occasionally a dissenting justice will read from the dissent.

The court has received many requests for televised coverage in the past.

In a symbolic step, Leahy's committee even passed a bill in February calling for cameras in the courtroom.

C-SPAN, the cable channel that offers gavel-to-gavel coverage of Congress, has long asked the court to permit cameras.

While it has always rejected video, the court did take an unusual step in March by posting complete audio of the health-care oral arguments on the Internet within a few hours instead of waiting until the end of the week as it normally does.

Read more: The Wall Street Journal

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