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SCOTUS Hears Oral Arguments...Via Teleconference




The US Supreme Court is seen in Washington, DC, on May 4, 2020, during the first day of oral arguments held by telephone, a first in the Court's history, as a result of COVID-19, known as coronavirus.
The US Supreme Court is seen in Washington, DC, on May 4, 2020, during the first day of oral arguments held by telephone, a first in the Court's history, as a result of COVID-19, known as coronavirus.
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It’s a morning of firsts for the Supreme Court, the first time audio of the court’s arguments was heard live by the world and the first arguments by telephone.

The changes are a result of the coronavirus pandemic, which has made holding courtroom sessions unsafe, especially with six justices aged 65 or older and at risk of getting seriously sick from the virus.

We dive into the big cases being heard over the next few weeks, as well as what COVID-19 accommodations are being made. 

With files from the Associated Press.

Guest:

Greg Stohr, Supreme Court reporter for Bloomberg News; he tweets @GregStohr