At the pace the U.S. Supreme Court moves, camera coverage of its proceedings is probably another 20 to 30 years away. By then the new Senate Judiciary Committee Chair, Charles Grassley, who’s a camera proponent, most likely won’t be around to see it.
The court’s Chief Justice, John Roberts, has already thrown nails in that road: “Courts will always be prudent whenever it comes to embracing the ‘next big thing.’ ” he said. He pointed out that “pneumatic tubes that were on the cutting edge of technology in the late 1800s, but not used by the court until its new building opened in 1935,” according to this story last week in the Des Moines Register.
I keep wondering what those justices are afraid of.