Demand Justice Statement In Response To Supreme Court Announcement of May Teleconference Oral Arguments

04.13.20

Demand Justice Statement In Response To Supreme Court Announcement Of May Teleconference Oral Arguments

WASHINGTON, DC—Demand Justice Executive Director Brian Fallon released the following statement Monday after the Supreme Court announced it would hold remote oral arguments but that it would only provide a live audio feed for the news media:

“This announcement is too little, too late. After weeks of delay, the Supreme Court has still failed to announce a solution that allows the public to watch oral arguments as they happen. A deadly global pandemic should not serve as an excuse to make the Court even less transparent, especially when it’s set to hear high-profile cases like these. If Donald Trump’s lawyers are going to tell the Supreme Court the president can shoot someone and not be prosecuted, as they argued to a lower court in this case, the American people should be able to hear them do it.”

Lower courts have allowed public livestreams of oral arguments, including in some of the very cases the Court will be hearing in May.

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