Congressional Rep. Webcasts Hearing With Supreme Court Justices To Show How Easy It Is

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After a bit of a (very public) back and forth, a district court in the high-profile Tenenbaum case was recently told that it cannot broadcast courtroom proceedings online, saying that it violated certain rules. This is something that Congress could change… and it sounds like some in Congress really are interested in doing so. Rep. John Culberson, an early supporter of using tools like Twitter and Qik to communicate with constituents, apparently pulled out his camera phone in the middle of a hearing with Supreme Court Justices Breyer and Thomas and started broadcasting live to his website, trying to show them how easy it is to do these days, and why they should allow broadcasting of court proceedings in action.

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LostSailor says:

A couple of minor points

The issue in the Tenenbaum case was that a web cast violated certain local state rules. the U.S. Congress can’t change a local state rule. I’m not a lawyer, so I don’t know what authority a legislature has, but I believe that this is a court-made rule, not an actual law.

Finally, it’s not about whether it is easy to have web-casting or not and it’s never been (same for cameras for photography or broadcast in the courtroom); it’s about whether judges want to allow it or not.

For the record, I fully support all forms of public access to court proceedings, broadcast, cable, web-cast, telegraph, semaphore, or jungle drums.

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