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Tech-wary Supreme Court to Finally Join the Digital Age

By Bob Barnes

[…] Gabe Roth, executive director of a group called Fix the Court that is critical of the court’s transparency policies, said Roberts’ gesture was positive if underwhelming.

“The first step to recovery is admitting there’s a problem,” Roth said. But he added, “this may be the very least the court could do to become more transparent.”

First on his group’s wish list is allowing cameras into the courtroom, something that the justices have denied. Critics would also like to have audio available immediately from oral arguments; tapes of the sessions are made available on Fridays of the week the arguments are held. (Same-day transcripts of the arguments are posted on the court’s Web site.)

Additionally, the justices do not post their financial disclosures online or have a system for publicizing their public speaking engagements. And it is up to the individual justice to control access. […]

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