AP interview: Breyer unsure about cameras at court

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by Associated Press

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Posted on October 9, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Justice Stephen Breyer says it's important for television viewers to see Supreme Court justices during the president's State of the Union address. But he's less certain that TV cameras have a place at the court.

Breyer made the comments to The Associated Press in an interview to discuss his new book, "Making Our Democracy Work."

He is taking a "hesitant attitude" toward cameras in the courtroom, although he supports having research to assess TV coverage in state courts. Breyer worries that court coverage could turn into misleading "sound bites."

Still, Breyer says the public ought to be able see the whole government in one place for the president's annual address to Congress. He was present last January when President Barack Obama criticized the court's decision that struck down campaign finance laws.

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