The U.S. Supreme Court for the first time will hear arguments by telephone and allow live audio broadcasts, bowing to the coronavirus outbreak by announcing a special May session including rescheduled clashes over subpoenas for President
It’s an extraordinary step for the tradition-bound court, whose arguments are normally steeped in ritual and devoid of all but the most basic technology. But with the pandemic making arguments in the courtroom impractical, the justices said Monday they would adopt procedures that until now have been anathema to them.
The court said the justices and lawyers will all participate remotely. The media will receive a live audio feed for the 10 cases and will be permitted to air the feeds live, according to Supreme Court spokeswoman
Arguments will run from May 4 to May 13, with the exact date to be set for each case after consultation with the lawyers involved.
The telephone arguments will include a
Trump Subpoena Cases
The court had postponed 20 arguments that were scheduled to be heard in March and April. The nine justices have continued to issue opinions and orders and hold their scheduled private conferences, though those sessions are happening by phone instead of in person.
One case not on the list of May arguments is a multibillion-dollar copyright fight between
Two of the court’s nine members are in their 80s -- Justice
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