Rare Documentary Offers Intriguing Peek at Court

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2009 1:00 PM CDT
The newest version of the Supreme Court.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak. FILE)
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(Newser) – C-SPAN's new documentary on the Supreme Court is both "unprecedented and surprisingly moving," writes Hank Stuever, and even court junkies are bound to learn something new. Bombshells? Not so much, but it's the first time that all current and retired living justices have given individual interviews for the same film. The documentary, which airs tomorrow night, is "bland and thrilling all at once."

The justices "say almost nothing revealing," writes Stuever in the Washington Post, and that's fine. We do get to see the robing room for the first time, where everyone plays nice, even if "miffed because you received a spicy dissenting opinion," says Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And there's this gem: Antonin Scalia confesses that it's "quite rare, although not unheard of" that attorney arguments influence his opinion.