FROM CAPITOL HILL: Rep. Jo Bonner (R-AL) to Resign Later This Year
"...I hope eventually the answer will become clear, that either those who are concerned about the negative effects are shown wrong, or they're shown right. But at the moment I think it's quite uncertain what the answer is."
"Now, I should add that before making any decision about in the Supreme Court of the United states, if that issue arose, obviously I would listen to other members of the Court and try to understand their points of view and what they were thinking, too."
"In Massachusetts, television is in the courtroom. The Massachusetts judges I've spoken to seem generally satisfied. The results of that are being evaluated in the federal system. My particular appeals court was not part of the experiment, but not for want of willingness; it was because they could only have a small number."
"That's the circumstances in which I think my vote in favor of the experiment was right as of this moment-abstracting from this particular case and putting myself back in the frame of mind I was two or three months ago in respect to this. That's basically my view."
"But remember, by not having the press in the courtroom, we also teach...Our timeline, our language, our grammar, our ethic, our chronology, our dynamic are different from the political branches...By keeping the TV out, you teach that...There are a number of people who want to make us part of the national entertainment network."
"But in the courtroom, I think that the tradition has been that we not have that outside distraction, and I am inclined to say that I would not want them in appellate court chambers."
"I once had a case in which-it was a very celebrate case in the City of Seattle. And the courtroom was packed. And we were at a critical point in the argument. I was presiding."
"And a person came in with all kinds of equipment and began setting it up. And he disturbed me. He disturbed the attorneys. He disturbed everybody in the room."
And he was setting up an easel to paint our picture, which was permitted. If he had a little Minox camera, we would have held him in contempt."
"So, the standard doesn't always work."
"It isn't that people would just sit there and watch C-SPAN gavel-to-gavel. What would happen, of course, is that cut-outs from the full proceedings would appear on the evening news, and I think some Justices don't feel that's in accord with the retiring...attitude that has been traditional-and I think a good tradition-for American justices to maintain."