Quigley, Durbin urge Supreme Court to allow live audio
U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) wrote a letter to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Tuesday, also signed by other lawmakers, urging the court to permit live audio in the chamber.
The effort comes ahead of immiment, historic rulings on same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act.
“Over the course of the next few days, the Supreme Court will announce opinions in closely watched cases that will impact the lives of millions of individuals and families across America, decisions that will change the course of American history,” Quigley said. “Allowing live audio coverage will give more Americans the ability to closely follow the proceedings as they occur. That is why, along with Senator Durbin, I am urging the court to provide the American people the opportunity to hear in real time the arguments and opinions that will shape our society for years to come.”
“Decisions made by the Supreme Court impact the lives of Americans in every corner of the country, but their proceedings often don't reach beyond the four walls of the courtroom,” Durbin said. “Over the next several days, the Supreme Court will announce opinions in some of the most closely watched cases in a generation."