The Supreme Court, Livestreamed and Uncut
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended business as usual at the U.S. Supreme Court. In March, the body announced that it was postponing all remaining oral arguments from its 2019–2020 term while it “examine[d] the options for rescheduling those cases in due course in light of the developing circumstances.” After weighing its options, the Court took the unprecedented step of rescheduling several of the remaining cases for early May, with all parties participating remotely by telephone while a live audio feed went out to the media. Just like millions of their fellow Americans, the justices would have to adjust to the strange new realities of social distancing and working from home.
It actually went pretty well. The justices asked their questions in order of seniority, producing calm and orderly discussions that le
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