Still daintily dipping its toe into the electronic world, the Supreme Court has again decided that the Earth won’t stand still if it allows audio recordings of an oral argument to be released to the public immediately after the hearing, according to a USA Today account. This is the 17th time the court has done so, according to Joan Biskupic. C-SPAN is 8 for 15 in winning such requests before the Roberts court, and live audio and (of course) video have never been made available.
The releases are typically made in high-profile cases — this time it’s another Guatanamo detainee case. Hopefully the court will learn that there’s no harm in allowing a little access to its proceedings, and will continue its baby steps toward full electronic openness.