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Thomas: From "no objection" to concerns over losing one's anonymity

All nine sitting justices have at some point in their careers expressed positive or at least neutral sentiments toward putting cameras in the Supreme Court to televise oral arguments and opinion announcements.

For whatever reason, the justices today balk at the question – or have changed their opinion outright. That includes Justice Thomas.

Here are his own words on cameras in the court, changing over time.

1991 confirmation hearing: “I have no objection beyond a concern that the cameras be as unobtrusive as possible. […] It’s good for the American public to see what’s going on in there.” September 13, 1991

2007: “The primary point for me has been that regular appearances on TV would mean significant changes in the way my colleagues conduct their lives. My anonymity is already gone. It’s already affected the way I conduct my own life.” March 8, 2007, House Appropriations Subcommittee

Fix the Court believes that the justices – either of their own accord or compelled by Congress – should grant the media and the public greater access to oral arguments and opinion announcements through the live broadcast of those events.

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