Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said she no longer supports bringing cameras into the courtroom, a reversal from comments she made during her confirmation hearings.
Sotomayor told a crowd in New York that allowing television cameras to capture the court’s oral arguments would do more harm than good, according to a report in New York magazine.
“I think the process could be more misleading than helpful,” she said. “It’s like reading tea leaves. I think if people analyzed it, it is true that in almost every argument you can find a hint of what every judge would rule. But most justices are actually probing all the arguments.”
Advocacy groups and members of Congress routinely press the court to televise its oral arguments, saying the public should have access to the deliberative process as the court works through major issues that affect the entire country.
Knowledge is power. No one likes being scrutinized.