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Supreme Court Won't Allow TV Cameras at Friday's Hearing

November 28, 2000|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court will allow no television coverage of its historic argument session Friday in the Florida election case, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist said Monday.

In a letter to C-SPAN Chairman Brian Lamb, the chief justice said the nation's highest court will stick to its ban on television and photo coverage in the courtroom.

"A majority of the court remains of the view that we should adhere to our present practice of allowing public attendance and print media coverage of argument sessions but not allow camera or audio coverage," Rehnquist said.

The chief justice said a written transcript of the argument would be made available on an expedited basis Friday. The transcript is to be posted on the court's Web site, http://www.supremecourtus.gov.

C-SPAN spokeswoman Joyce Genter said that when the transcript of the argument becomes available Friday, C-SPAN will conduct a full reading on its television and radio stations.

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