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‘The court only provides same-day broadcast in its most contentious, hot-button cases, but when the 9th Circuit attempts to do the same, the justices run away shrieking’

SOUNDBITES — “The absurdity of the court’s meaningless distinction between broadcasting high-profile vs. low-profile cases is highlighted by the Supreme Court’s own broadcasting policy: The court only provides same-day audio-casting of its own oral arguments that are of major public importance, or, as the court puts it, if there is a “heightened public interest” in the case. So, to be perfectly clear: The court only provides same-day broadcast in its most contentious, hot-button cases, but when the 9th Circuit attempts to do the same, the justices run away shrieking.” —Slate‘s always brilliant Dahlia Lithwick, explaining the Supreme Court’s absurd decision to block a public broadcast of Perry V. Schwarzenegger

MORE: “Putting aside the merits of the gay-marriage trial itself, in this new decision the Supreme Court has revealed something profound about its view of the American people. One cannot argue that the majority of California citizens wanted to ban gay marriage and should be respected while also claiming that supporters of such an initiative are a fragile, oppressed minority who must testify in dark sunglasses in dark rooms. Opponents of gay marriage can’t have it both ways. If they want to say that unelected federal judges cannot subvert the will of John Q. Voter, then they cannot also insist that John Q. Voter be banned from witnessing federal judges at work. In the campaign over this ballot initiative, both sides spent close to $74 million on competing ads to “educate” voters about gay marriage. In many ways, broadcast and the masses caused Proposition 8 itself. It’s awfully late now to claim that there’s no place for broadcast television in this fight.”

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  • 2 Comments
    • TJ
      TJ

      Ladies and Gentleman, Dahlia Lithwick– again proving why she’s the smartest and wittiest court reporter most people still haven’t heard of. God I love this woman.

      Jan 17, 2010 at 4:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dan
      Dan

      Correction: It wasn’t the Ninth Circuit that wanted to broadcast but a mere district court. If the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals choose to broadcast the case when it reaches them, they’ll probably be able to, since it’s fairly routine to air Circuit Court decisions.

      Jan 17, 2010 at 10:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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