I am not, personally, opposed to the fact that cameras are not permitted in federal courthouses. (I can see the pros and cons, and as of today, have no strong feelings about the issue...) What is surprising to me, in this blog entry and the corresponding article, is how Scalia reacts to the question...
Blog entry on Crooks and Liars website (link provided by my dad).
Link to Sun Sentinel article.
In a room filled with some of Palm Beach County's most powerful people, it took a 20-year-old political science student to throw off U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Tuesday afternoon.
Student Sarah Jeck stood in front of 750 people and asked Scalia why cameras are not allowed in the U.S. Supreme Court even though the court hearings are open, transcripts are available and the court's justices are open enough to go "out on book tours." Scalia was at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in part to do a book signing and wasn't happy at the question.
"Read the next question," Scalia replied. "That's a nasty, impolite question."
Note: I would love to hear an attorney arguing before the US Supreme Court respond to one of Scalia's questions by saying "Next question! That's a nasty question!" Ha!
For more Scalia fun, read this article, where when asked about his part in deciding the 2000 election, he responds "Get over it." Nice. (As a reminder, in 2000 Scalia was part of a 5-4 majority that ended the recount in Florida - effectively awarding the Presidency to W.)