- Oral arguments before a district judge in the refugee ban lawsuit were shown on video
- Stephanie S. Abrutyn: The Ninth Circuit appeals court allows cameras too; The US Supreme Court should follow suit
- Cameras increase public's understanding of the law and maintain their confidence in the judiciary, writes Abrutyn
Stephanie S. Abrutyn is senior vice president and chief counsel, litigation, for Home Box Office Inc. She served as a member of the New York State Bar Association Special Committee on Cameras in the Courtroom, which delivered its final report on March 31, 2001. The views expressed in this commentary are her own.
(CNN)On February 3, US District Court Judge James Robart entered a temporary restraining order amounting to a nationwide injunction that blocked the executive order limiting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. Shortly thereafter, I received a link to a video of the oral argument, a rarity because few federal courts allow cameras.