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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Proceeding to Be Televised

August 30, 2011

Next month, people will be able to watch from the comfort of their living rooms as lawyers argue before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court the fate of two people on death row.

The Supreme Court announced Monday that for the first time in its history, it will allow television cameras to record oral arguments for broadcast later.

"I'd like to see this as an educational tool so that the citizens we work for can see what the third branch of government does," Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille said. "To some extent, we're mysterious, handing rulings down on high. Citizens will get to see the real work of court and see how it potentially affects their lives."