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Schumer Proposes Bill to Allow Cameras in Federal Courts

By Benjamin Shaw

Washington, DC – Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito continued doing the rounds -- meeting with senators on Capitol Hill last week. Now, if he's confirmed, one New York lawmaker would like to see the judge on TV -- in televised Supreme Court arguments.

Senator Charles Schumer has introduced a bill called the Sunshine in the Courtroom Act.

The New York Democrat says no branch of government is as mysterious as the federal courts.

"Allowing our cameras into our courtrooms will demystify the courts and let the public evaluate how well the system works," Schumer said. "Only then will the public really be able to decide based on facts and knowledge what changes need to be made."

At his recent confirmation hearings Chief Justice John Roberts told Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter he has an open mind on the issue.

But Justices David Souter and Antonin Scalia oppose to the move.

Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican, says if the Justices reject cameras in the high court, Congress will not push the matter.