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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 11:24 AM

Senators Request Live TV for Health Care Ruling.

Source: NYT/AP

Leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee are asking the Supreme Court to allow live television coverage when it delivers its ruling on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Chairman Patrick Leahy and ranking Republican Charles Grassley said the issues in the case are as important and consequential as any in recent court history.

EDIT: FYI, Justices read the decisions they drafted, and dissents, to some extent, during these sessions. They don't usually read entire decisions, because they can be lengthy, including as they do first, procedural explanation of what the case is about and how it arrived at the Court. They read parts they think are important for the public initially to be aware of.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/06/19/us/politics/ap-supreme-court-tv.html?_r=1&hp

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Reply Senators Request Live TV for Health Care Ruling. (Original post)
elleng Jun 2012 OP
stubtoe Jun 2012 #1
Woody Woodpecker Jun 2012 #3
Swede Atlanta Jun 2012 #5
Nuclear Unicorn Jun 2012 #8
rurallib Jun 2012 #2
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2012 #4
wordpix Jun 2012 #6
Kablooie Jun 2012 #7
Javaman Jun 2012 #9
hrmjustin Jun 2012 #10
onenote Jun 2012 #11

Response to elleng (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 11:29 AM

1. Oh, HELL yes, this needs to be aired live.

The whole consideration should be aired live.

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Response to stubtoe (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 11:32 AM

3. I want the TV to force the justices to explain their rationale on their court rulings

 

and every word explained to the Americans that the right-wing justices are wrong for America today.

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Response to Woody Woodpecker (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 11:53 AM

5. That will not happen during the announcement on the decision....

The rationale, or lack thereof, will be in the written decision. I suspect that regardless of the final decision in this case, there will be multiple concurring and dissenting opinions.

That is what is so interesting about the Supreme Court. You can have justices participating in multiple opinions and I suspect we will see this here.

The law clerks have been very busy writing and re-writing.

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Response to Woody Woodpecker (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 11:59 AM

8. Umm --

both sides issue written opinions to explain why they ruled on a given issue.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 11:32 AM

2. be nice if they had a live audience also

so they could look in the faces to get an idea what their words mean

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 11:34 AM

4. I hope they'll do that. It IS that important. n/t

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 11:56 AM

6. Excellent idea - and Leahy and Grassley agreed on something???!!!

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 11:57 AM

7. Most Americans want it to die.

Because most Americans have no idea what it provides.
They only hear the Republican screaming that's so much louder than anything else.

The Democratic promotional machine really fell down on the job with this one.
As it does on most issues.

Even on this website, last week, someone had to be talked out of fearing Sarah Palin's imaginary death panels.
It's insane that idiots like Sarah Palin and her ilk control most public conversations about policy but they do.


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Response to elleng (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 03:40 PM

9. This is how it will go down...

if they overturn it, it will be televised. Which will give all the mouth breathing right wing morons reason to cheer (even though it goes against their own self interest)

If they don't overturn it, it will NOT be televised and we won't hear a peep about it.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 04:15 PM

10. Won't happen!n/t

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 04:32 PM

11. Isn't going to happen, nor should it.

It is exceedingly rare for an entire opinion to be read aloud. Usually, all that happens is that the outcome (affirmed, reversed, etc.) is announced. It is entirely possible, if not certain, that the decision on the ACA will encompass multiple opinions, some concurring, some dissenting, some concurring in part and dissenting in part, some concurring in the outcome but not necessarily the same reasoning. Reading it aloud would take a ridiculous amount of time. More importantly, it would be unintelligible. For example, would the Justices be expected to read aloud all of the footnotes in the case? The footnotes can be textual as well as citations, and leaving them out would very likely distort the position taken in an opinion.

So, thanks for the silly idea, Senators Leahy and Grassley. I have little or no interest in seeing a decision read -- seeing the argument as it happens...that's a different matter, although I have some sympathy for the court's concern that soundbites of their questions etc. could be used misleadingly by partisans.

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