The Durbin Report: The American People Deserve a Front Row Seat to Supreme Court Proceedings

Senator Richard J. Durbin
2017-03-16 18:19:56
The Durbin Report: A message from Senator Richard J. Durbin <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenDurbin/Website_head er_3.png> Fellow Illinoisan, This week, I re-introduced bipartisan legislation to require open proceedings of the Supreme Court to be televised. The Cameras in the Courtroom Act would require the Supreme Court to permit television coverage of all open sessions of the Court, unless the Court decides, by a majority vote of the Justices, that doing so would constitute a violation of the due process rights of one or more of the parties before the Court. I'm proud to introduce this bill during "Sunshine Week," a national effort to promote government transparency and freedom of information. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx rop=15130.12343902.9070050.7246002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2ftwi tter.com%2fSenatorDurbin%2fstatus%2f842447461985734656&redir_log=0609538 1328365> Decisions made by the Supreme Court impact the lives of all Americans in every corner of the country, but their proceedings often don't reach beyond the four walls of the courtroom. And while we may disagree on the outcome of these cases, we can all agree that the American public deserves greater access to the arguments and decisions that will shape our society for years to come. It's time for the Supreme Court to embrace technology and transparency. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx rop=15130.12343902.9070050.7246002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2ftwi tter.com%2fSenatorDurbin%2fstatus%2f842447461985734656&redir_log=0609538 1328365> Sincerely, Dick Durbin United States Senator

Fellow Illinoisan,

This week, I re-introduced bipartisan legislation to require open proceedings of the Supreme Court to be televised. The Cameras in the Courtroom Act would require the Supreme Court to permit television coverage of all open sessions of the Court, unless the Court decides, by a majority vote of the Justices, that doing so would constitute a violation of the due process rights of one or more of the parties before the Court. I’m proud to introduce this bill during “Sunshine Week,” a national effort to promote government transparency and freedom of information.

Decisions made by the Supreme Court impact the lives of all Americans in every corner of the country, but their proceedings often don't reach beyond the four walls of the courtroom. And while we may disagree on the outcome of these cases, we can all agree that the American public deserves greater access to the arguments and decisions that will shape our society for years to come.
 
It’s time for the Supreme Court to embrace technology and transparency.

Sincerely, 

Dick Durbin
United States Senator





 

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