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Supremes Deny Radio, TV Coverage

Supremes Deny Radio, TV Coverage

The Supreme Court has said “no” to radio and TV coverage of Friday’s election proceedings. The Florida Association of Broadcasters had asked the justices to allow pool broadcast coverage of the oral arguments of the case titled “George W. Bush vs. Palm Beach County Canvassing Board.”
“A majority of the Court remains of the view that that we should adhere to our present practice of allowing public attendance and print media coverage of argument sessions, but not allow camera or audio coverage,” wrote Chief Justice William Rehnquist in a letter to the FAB.
Justice Rehnquist said due to the public interest in the case, the court would release a tape of the arguments “promptly.”
Florida has allowed radio and TV coverage of its appellate and trial courts for two decades.
Leslie Stimson