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article imageSupreme Court to hear cases via telephone in May

By Karen Graham     Apr 13, 2020 in Politics
For the first time ever, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear arguments via telephone in May, it was announced on Monday. There are 10 cases on the docket that had previously been postponed.
The 10 cases being heard had previously been indefinitely postponed, but will now take place on May 4–6 and 11–13, and include hearing arguments on President Donald Trump's financial documents, religious freedom, and the Electoral College, per Axios.
According to a news release by the Supreme Court on Monday, and In keeping with public health guidance in response to COVID-19, the Justices and counsel will all participate remotely. These are the 10 cases that will be heard via telephone:
18-9526, McGirt v. Oklahoma
19-46, United States Patent and Trademark Office v. B.V.
19-177, Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International, Inc.
19-267, Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru, and 19-348, St. James School v. Biel
19-431, Little Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home v. Pennsylvania, and 19-454, Trump v. Pennsylvania
19-465, Chiafalo v. Washington
19-518, Colorado Department of State v. Baca
19-631, Barr v. American Association of Political Consultants, Inc.
19-635, Trump v. Vance
19-715, Trump v. Mazars USA, LLP, and 19-760, Trump v. Deutsche Bank AG
For lawyers who have dreamed of arguing before the Supreme Court, they will instead be part of an historic first. There will be no video component, a court spokeswoman confirms to CNN. However, the media will be allowed to listen in via a live audio feed, though there's no word on whether the feed will be available to the public as well.
The Supreme Court is in new territory, having long refused to allow live audio of its court sessions and allowing only about 500 spectators in the room to listen to the arguments as they unfold.
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