Starr: Allow cameras in Supreme Court

Monday, October 3, 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court opened its 2011-12 term today, allowing a limited number of individuals to witness the high court at work, but still not allowing the vast majority of the American public to see what happens in the courtroom.

In an op-ed in The New York Times this weekend, Kenneth W. Starr, now president of Baylor University, makes the argument that “cameras in the courtroom of the United States Supreme Court are long overdue.”

“‘Equal justice under law’ is the inscription on the face of the court building,” Starr writes. “It is time that we the people had equal access to the process by which that justice is meted out.”

Starr was formerly a federal appellate judge, solicitor general and independent counsel. He is perhaps best known for his role in the investigation and prosecution of then-President Bill Clinton.

Also see: Chief justice still uneasy about cameras in courtroom


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