“They were for it before they were against.”
At the time of their nominations, all nine current Supreme Court justices were in favor of granting broadcast media access (that’s live video and audio coverage) in the courtroom for oral argument. But, curiously, they each changed their minds once they reached the high court.
Video coverage of Supreme Court hearings has never been allowed, and the audio files of such hearings are released at the end of the week, rendering them all but useless to news managers across the country.
To make public access to the public institution even more challenging, the court does not allow individuals to congregate or demonstrate on its spacious front the plaza. The U.S. Department of Justice even prosecuted a man for having the audacity to stand on the plaza while holding a sign.
C-SPAN is carrying out an important service not only by delivering live, high-quality video of a case with broad national interest but also by explaining in their lower-third graphics the legalese that's involved.