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SPJ Urges Supreme Court to Allow Cameras to Capture Historic Election Decision
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Ray Marcano, SPJ president, 937/225-2323; Ian Marquand, SPJ Freedom of Information Committee chairman, 406/542-4400; Bruce Brown, SPJ First Amendment Counsel, 202/861-1660
INDIANAPOLIS - The Society of Professional Journalists is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to allow C-SPAN to provide coverage of any hearing the Court might conduct regarding the outcome of the 2000 presidential election.
SPJ President Ray Marcano sent a letter to Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist today asking him to allow C-SPAN to provide pooled television and audio coverage to all accredited media outlets. C-SPAN also wrote a letter requesting that Rehnquist allow the news organization to bring its cameras into the high court.
"We urge the Supreme Court to hold these deliberations as publicly as possible, and in this case, that means granting C-SPAN's request," said Marcano, regional editor at the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News. "This is clearly a historic case, and the public has the right to immediately hear arguments that could determine who the next president will be."
The U.S. Supreme Court does not allow cameras in its courtroom. Should legal battles surrounding the election come before the nation's highest court, however, the Society believes it would be in the best interests of the public for an exception to be made.
"First, it would satisfy the public's immediate desire to know the specific arguments both the Bush and Gore camps will make," said Ian Marquand, SPJ Freedom of Information Committee chairman and special projects coordinator for the Montana Television Network. "Second, it would ensure that the ongoing process of selecting our next chief executive takes place in as public a manner as possible.
"Third, it would provide a priceless historical record of this historic event," Marquand continued. "Allowing these proceedings to be presented live to the public would mark a defining moment for the Court that could only be considered positive and good for the country."