Well here’s one thing about Elena Kagan’s record that we actually know: She approves of cameras in the Supreme Court.
With a mostly absent judicial record, the solicitor general, speaking at the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference in July 2009, says if “cameras were in the courtroom the American public would see an amazing and extraordinary event. This court, I think, is so smart and so prepared and so engaged, and everybody who gets up there at the podium is … the toughest questions, the most challenging questions are thrown at that person. There is a debate of really extraordinary depth and richness.”
That’s good news for those of you who want to see Perry v. Schwarzenegger‘s trial make C-SPAN one day. But don’t think Kagan, as the Court’s new girl, is going to be calling the shots.