By Mike Cavender, RTDNA Executive Director
“It’s an issue I approach with an open mind,” Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch told the Senate Judiciary Committee today when asked about cameras in the Supreme Court. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) posed that question to him in the second day of hearings on his appointment.
He admitted to the panel that he’s not given a lot of thought to the idea, but added that he saw the camera issue that RTDNA has long-supported to be just like any other case.
“I would listen to the facts, consider both sides of the issue and make a decision,” he told the Senators.
Klobuchar reminded Gorsuch that other Supreme Court justices, when they came before the Senate, said they were open to the idea, too. But after confirmation, any such openness was no longer apparent.
RTDNA continues to be a strong advocate for opening up the high court to cameras and released a statement today, urging Judge Gorsuch to support cameras in the Court. A bill currently in Congress would require it. A recent survey conducted by the cable network C-SPAN confirms fully three-quarters of American voters support cameras in the Supreme Court.
The American public deserves the right to see how the most important court in the land conducts its business. It’s a right already afforded to citizens by many courts in most states in America. It’s time that transparency applies to the United States Supreme Court.
We thank Senator Klobuchar for raising this important issue in this forum. RTDNA sincerely hopes that, if confirmed, Judge Gorsuch will be true to his word and keep an open mind to finally allowing all Americans to see their Supreme Court in action. At the same time, we renew our call to the eight sitting Justices to do the same.