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C-SPAN Asks to Televise Court's Health Care Arguments

C-SPAN is asking the Supreme Court to open its doors to TV cameras — and millions of viewers — when the court hears in March a challenge to the new federal health care law.

“We believe the public interest is best served by live television coverage of this particular oral argument,” Brian P. Lamb, C-SPAN’s chief executive, wrote to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., according to a Los Angeles Times article. “It is a case which will affect every American’s life, our economy and will certainly be an issue in the upcoming presidential campaign.”

The high court has steadfastly refused over past years to allow televising of its oral arguments. A public affairs network, C-SPAN has broadcast proceedings in the House of Representatives and Senate chambers since the 1980s. To learn more about the Supreme Court and cameras in the courtroom, see Gavel Grab.

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