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Tags: senate | judiciary committee | scotus | audio recordings | oral arguments

Grassley, Leahy Urge SCOTUS to Release Same-Day Recordings of Arguments

Grassley, Leahy Urge SCOTUS to Release Same-Day Recordings of Arguments
Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, along with Patrick Leahy wrote an open letter to Chief Justice John Roberts calling on him to increase SCOTUS transparency. (AP)

By    |   Monday, 02 July 2018 03:08 PM

The current and former chairs of the Senate Judiciary Committee are pushing the U.S. Supreme Court to "release same-day audio recordings of all oral arguments," to "empower Americans to become more informed participants in our system of government."

Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., wrote an open letter to Chief Justice John Roberts calling on him to increase transparency.

"Headlines across the country demonstrate how deeply interested the American public is in the proceedings of our nation's highest court," they wrote.

"As you know, given the heightened public attention to the issues at stake, the Court agreed to provide same-day audio recordings" for the ruling on President Donald Trump's travel ban. "By providing same-day audio for oral arguments in this case, the Court demonstrated its technical capacity to provide prompt disclosure and transparency to the American public. We believe there is no reason why Americans should have to wait several days to hear the audio recordings of oral arguments in other matters before the Court."

The senators add "transparency should be the rule, not the exception," and note that federal circuit courts provide live streams of oral arguments.

"Our federal circuits have proven that modern technology makes audio-recording — and even live audio-streaming — minimally intrusive to the functioning of a courtroom," they write.

"By releasing same-day audio recordings of all oral arguments, the Court has a unique opportunity to open up its proceedings beyond the select few who will ever have the chance to be physically present during arguments. Most importantly, the American public will grow in its appreciation of — and confidence in — the rule of law that safeguards our constitutional system," Grassley and Leahy conclude.

"We urge you to consider our request, and to bear in mind those who would benefit most from this simple, yet meaningful, measure of transparency."

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The U.S. Supreme Court is being urged by the current and former chairs of the Senate Judiciary Committee to "release same-day audio recordings of all oral arguments," to "empower Americans to become more informed participants in our system of government."
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2018-08-02
Monday, 02 July 2018 03:08 PM
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