This will be an interesting week for the Idaho Supreme Court, only partly because of Rex Rammell.The failed Idaho gadfly candidate is protesting the state’s decision to kill elk that had escaped from his Eastern Idaho ranch in 2006. Arguments will be heard at 8:50 a.m. Wednesday.
And it can be heard, statewide, by anyone who has an interest and has a computer. This week, the state’s highest court began streaming oral arguments on the Internet.
Good for the Idaho Supreme Court — a group that has never been an ivory tower bunch. The court routinely holds arguments around the state. Connecting statewide, online, is the next logical step.
Cameras and judges have long had an uneasy relationship; it was less than two decades ago that the state first allowed cameras in court, at the judge’s discretion. We believe live streaming provides a simple, unobtrusive way for Idahoans to observe legal proceedings — and that the Supreme Court could set an example for the rest of the judiciary.
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