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Monday, 13 April 2020
Supreme Court to hear arguments by teleconference for first time in history
The U.S. Supreme Court will finally embrace technology next month as the coronavirus pandemic will force its nine justices to hear arguments by teleconference for the first time in history.
The court also anticipates providing a live audio feed of the arguments, another historic move for the traditionally opaque tribunal.
Monday it would hear 10 cases between May 4 and May 13, including one involving President Trump’s years-long battle to keep his tax returns hidden from the public.
Two other high-profile cases on the list are about whether Electoral College delegates are required to vote for the presidential candidate who won their state.
The cases had originally been scheduled for March and April, but they were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Six of the nine justices are 65 or older — including Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who’s 87 — and are considered more vulnerable to develop severe illness if infected with COVID-19.
The Supreme Court does not allow cameras inside and has never live-streamed arguments or released audio of the discussions on the same day.
The last time the court held arguments outside its building was in October 2001, when authorities found anthrax in the mailroom.
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