Hardball | March 01, 2013
>>> let me finish tonight with this. on wednesday, the supreme court heard arguementeds of the rights act of 1965 . brie marly, in the south, will be unincouple bant from free clearance. the arguments and the questioning were to provide between the conservative and liberal jurorists. at one point, justice anthony scalia said now amounted to a perpetuation of racial entitlement. and that remark created the strongest argument of the morning. do you think that the right to vote is a racial entitlement? she later asked a lawyer challenge challenging the law with an edge in her voice that left little doubt that she was responding to justice scalia 's statement. do you think that racial discrimination in voting has ended? that there is none anywhere? i was thinking something while reading about that exchange. namely, i'd like to be able to watch it on my tv or my ipad. when going through con for mags in 2009 , sotomayor said she liked that idea. i've had positive experiences with cameras, she said. when i've been asked to join experiments of using cameras in the courtroom, i've participated. i have volunteered. more recently, she expressed a change of heart telling charlie rose i don't think most viewers take the time to actually delve into either the briefs or the legal arguments. they speculate about the judge favors this point rather tlan that point. very few of them understand what the process is, which is to play devil's advocate. well, her answer is a problem. even if most americans couldn't follow the arguments, that's no reason to shut us out. ironically, that logic sounds similar to what was used to justify the voting rights act . and i bet this week, justice sotomayor wishes a camera would have recorded justice scalia 's intemp rant remark. he once said since the supreme court of the united states decides the most important issues facing america, its open proceedings should be televised to inform the government how its government operates. specter was right. it's time to televise the court.