One of the stalwart principles of the American judicial system is that trial process is open and not in any way secret. The Founding Fathers knew that justice is best served in an open forum, in full sunlight with the public being able to view the proceedings. Of course the Supreme Court doesn’t really buy into that concept. They refuse to allow TV cameras in the proceedings.
The one Justice who thinks he is law unto himself, Antonin Scalia has recently commented on the issue, once again revealing his arrogance, and accidentally revealing a truth.
In the run-up to the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act, calls came from many quarters of the Capitol to open the proceedings to television cameras, including from Sens. Patrick Leahy and Chuck Grassley, the chairman and ranking member of the Judiciary Committee. In a new interview, though, Scalia says he believes televising court proceedings would do more harm than good.
“I am against it because I do not believe, as the proponents of television in the court assert, that the purpose of televising our hearings would be to educate the American people,” Scalia said inan excerpt provided by C-SPAN. Scalia sat down with C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb for the show “Q&A” as the court’s longest serving justice makes the rounds on a book tour.
So it is pretty clear that what Justice Scalia fears is that the American people will see Justice Scalia as he really is. He calls this ‘mis-education’. The rest of us call it reality. And no, it is not pretty.