SCOTUS: Live streaming would “adversely affect” oral arguments

Source: Ars Technica

“The Supreme Court is setting aside a request to live stream its oral arguments. The attorney for Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. told members of Congress that live streaming even the audio portion of its oral arguments might impact the outcome. ‘The Chief Justice appreciated and shares your ultimate goal of increasing public transparency and improving public understanding of the Supreme Court,’ Roberts'[s] attorney, Jeffrey P. Minear, wrote the four members of Congress seeking to have the court’s gerrymandering case live streamed in audio. ‘I am sure you are, however, familiar with the Justices’ concerns surrounding the live broadcast or streaming of oral arguments, which could adversely affect the character and quality of the dialogue between the attorneys and Justices. Consequently, the Court is unable to accommodate your request.'” (10/05/17)