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Justices: High Court 'Not Ready Yet' for TV

By Lisa Barron   |   Friday, 15 Mar 2013 10:46 AM

Supreme Court proceedings are likely to continue behind closed doors away from cameras for the foreseeable future if the justices have their way.

Associate Justices Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer both nixed the idea of televised hearings on Thursday, according to USA Today.

Speaking before a House subcommittee, Kennedy reaffirmed his position that allowing cameras inside would introduce an “insidious dynamic” to the court’s activity.

“My position is that we are a teaching institution,” he said. “We teach by not having television there. We teach by what we write.”

Breyer reportedly said he was simply “not ready yet,” adding that the nation’s highest court is "a very conservative institution."

"We are there as trustees. The last thing any of us wants to do is to make it worse," he said.

The justices’ remarks came during a hearing before the a House Appropriations subcommittee on the court’s 2014 budget request of $74.8 million, which is down 3 percent from last year.

Kennedy stressed that the budget cuts imposed on the court by the sequester would be “unsustainable” over the long term.


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