C-SPAN Wants To Broadcast Court Health Care Arguments

The Supreme Court has never allowed its arguments to be televised, but the not-for-profit network made the request in a letter sent Tuesday. Meanwhile, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, also has asked that the arguments be on TV.

The Associated Press: C-SPAN: Put High Court Health Care Arguments On TV
C-SPAN is asking the Supreme Court to let it broadcast live next spring's arguments over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The not-for-profit network's CEO, Brian Lamb, made the request by letter on Tuesday. There was no immediate response from the justices (11/15).

Reuters: Supreme Court Asked To Broadcast Health Care Case
A U.S. cable TV network and a senior Republican senator asked the Supreme Court Tuesday to allow its first live broadcast when it hears arguments in the legal dispute over President Barack Obama's sweeping health care overhaul law. In a letter to Chief Justice John Roberts, C-SPAN, the cable network that broadcasts federal government proceedings, said live television coverage of the historic arguments in March would best serve the public interest (Vicini, 11/15).

The Hill: CSPAN Asks Supreme Court To Allow Cameras For Health Care Case
C-SPAN is asking the Supreme Court to drop its ban on cameras in the courtroom when it hears arguments over President Obama's health care reform law. The high court has scheduled five and a half hours of oral arguments in the health care case, the longest hearing in decades. The lengthy hearing serves to underscore what's at stake as the Obama administration braces for the possibility that its signature domestic achievement could be ruled unconstitutional just months before the 2012 election (Baker, 11/15).

Roll Call: Chuck Grassley To Supreme Court: Televise Health Care Review
The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee called on the Supreme Court today to televise its scheduled review of President Barack Obama's health care law. In a letter to Chief Justice John Roberts, Sen. Chuck Grassley (Iowa) asked that the high court allow audio and televised broadcasting of the landmark case to determine the constitutionality of the president's health care overhaul, signed into law just last year. The Supreme Court has never allowed television coverage of its deliberations (Drucker, 11/15).

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