Elena Kagan: Cameras at the Supreme Court 'a terrific thing'
The Elena Kagan confirmation hearings continue today with hard questions from lawmakers, about her decision as dean of Harvard Law School to briefly bar military recruiters from the school's career services office because of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy and about her White House years.
But The Federal Eye's ears (!!) perked up when Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) asked about allowing television cameras into the high court:
"I recognize that some members of the court have a different view, and certainly when and if I get to the court I will talk with them about that questions, but I have said that I think it would be a terrific thing to have cameras in the courtroom," Kagan said at C-SPAN cameras rolled (see above). "And the reason I think, is when you see what happens there, it's an inspiring sight. ... I basically attend every Supreme Court argument. ... It's an incredible sight, because all nine justices, they're so prepared, they're so smart, they're so thorough, they're so engaged, the questioning is rapid fire. You're really seeing an institution of government at work really in an admirable way."
"The issues are important ones … I mean, some of them will put you to sleep," she said later to laughs. "But a lot of them, the American people should be concerned about and interested in."
If she gets confirmed, Kagan is certainly in the minority on this issue. But still, hear, hear.
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