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08/01/2009

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Sean Carter said: "In today's society, if it doesn't happen on TV, then it doesn't happen."
I think you nailed the problem there - but I don't think you understand it. :) TV is a dream world and in today's society is actually covering up reality. Televising our justices would not be educational because even news is seen as entertainment. At this point TV is good for persuasion, but not for education. In the end, I think that the solution is actually a matter of literacy but with the current state of education, perhaps an independent judiciary is no longer possible.

Life doesn't happen on TV. It doesn't happen in books either, or the newspaper, or on-line.

The Supreme Court need not be televised to be real or happen, nor does any other court. The vast majority of court cases are never on TV, nor should they for the sake of the privacy of those involved. After all, our system is built on the principle of "innocent until proven guilty" and putting the cases on TV would only make them political, and keep true justice from happening. (Putting them on TV would only bring mob-style justice in the long run.)

Kids can see most any court in action by simply visiting their local courts - from the lowest town courts to the State and Federal Courts.

Perhaps it should be required that kids go sit in on a certain number of court cases and given their teachers a report on the case to pass Civics class. Hmm..that would be interesting - and very fun.

Of course, there are also a number of places to monitor certain kinds of cases - like Groklaw.net, www.EFF.org, and others.

It's ironic that Justice Souter decries ignorance about an institution that he has fought to keep hidden from the public view. After all, he is the justice who so famously said, "The day cameras come into the Supreme Court, they will be rolling over my dead body". So if kids today can't see the Court in action, how are they supposed to learn about it -- in a book? Get real!

In today's society, if it doesn't happen on TV, then it doesn't happen. That's why when our President or Congresspersons want to persuade the American people about a particular course of action, they don't write a textbook about it. They go on TV. Our justices must learn to do likewise.

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