Access to SCOTUS

September 28, 2009
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The Supreme Court of the United States of America will hold its opening conferences Tuesday. In honor of the beginning of a new year on the court and Justice Sonia Sotomayor joining, C-SPAN has created “Supreme Court Week” beginning Oct. 4 to educate the public about our justices and what they do.

The week kicks off with a documentary about the court, and it will also focus on the Supreme Court’s location. Viewers will be able to see the justices “Robing Room,” private dining room, and even some of the justices’ chambers.

Throughout the week, the station will air exclusive one-on-one interviews with the current justices and retired ones. C-SPAN also has dedicated a Web site to the Supreme Court, http://supremecourt.c-span.org.

According to C-SPAN, this is the first time so many justices have granted interviews for a television production.

With all the interest in Justice Sotomayor being confirmed, C-SPAN may garner more interest in its Supreme Court week than if we didn’t have a new justice.

For the general public (and even the legal community), this will be a great way to learn about our nation’s highest court, who the justices are, and what they do. Because of the nature of their jobs, we don’t know a lot about these justices as we do politicians, celebrities, and athletes because they don’t speak to the media very often. Now the court will become a little more accessible to everyone with C-SPAN or the Internet.

A complete TV schedule is listed on the C-SPAN site, along with videos, a virtual tour of the courthouse, and historical information about the court.
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  1. Major social engineering imposed by judicial order well in advance of democratic change, has been the story of the whole post ww2 period. Contraception, desegregation, abortion, gay marriage: all rammed down the throats of Americans who didn't vote to change existing laws on any such thing, by the unelected lifetime tenure Supreme court heirarchs. Maybe people came to accept those things once imposed upon them, but, that's accommodation not acceptance; and surely not democracy. So let's quit lying to the kids telling them this is a democracy. Some sort of oligarchy, but no democracy that's for sure, and it never was. A bourgeois republic from day one.

  2. JD Massur, yes, brings to mind a similar stand at a Texas Mission in 1836. Or Vladivostok in 1918. As you seemingly gloat, to the victors go the spoils ... let the looting begin, right?

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  4. Whether you support "gay marriage" or not is not the issue. The issue is whether the SCOTUS can extract from an unmentionable somewhere the notion that the Constitution forbids government "interference" in the "right" to marry. Just imagine time-traveling to Philadelphia in 1787. Ask James Madison if the document he and his fellows just wrote allowed him- or forbade government to "interfere" with- his "right" to marry George Washington? He would have immediately- and justly- summoned the Sergeant-at-Arms to throw your sorry self out into the street. Far from being a day of liberation, this is a day of capitulation by the Rule of Law to the Rule of What's Happening Now.

  5. With today's ruling, AG Zoeller's arguments in the cases of Obamacare and Same-sex Marriage can be relegated to the ash heap of history. 0-fer

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