Elena Kagan repeated today her view on allowing television coverage of Supreme Court oral arguments: She's in favor.
"On almost every issue, I'm willing to be persuaded I'm wrong. But on this one, I have expressed a viewpoint," Kagan said at her own confirmation hearing for the Court, in response to a question from Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.).
Kagan said it would be a “terrific thing” to broadcast oral arguments.
“When you see what happens there, it’s an inspiring sight,” she said, noting that she attends all oral arguments as solicitor general. “All nine justices, they’re so prepared, they’re so smart, they’re so engaged, they’re so thorough…. And of course, the issues are important ones. Some of them will put you to sleep, but a lot of them are ones the American people should care about.”
Still, Kagan acknowledged that broadcast could “change the way the Supreme Court arguments do work,” so she said she would want to discuss the issue with other justices if she’s confirmed.