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Historical Moment: The Supreme Court holds live arguments by phone

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As the Supreme Court held oral arguments by telephone over a case involving robocalls, a toilet was heard flushing in the background on an unmuted line.
It's a morning of firsts for the Supreme Court, the first time audio of the court's arguments can be heard live by the world and the first arguments by telephone. (May 4)
A decision to livestream Supreme Court arguments for the first time ever is set to be an historic step forward in public access from the nation's highest court.
The Supreme Court justices will hear arguments Tuesday over whether President Trump's financial documents must be turned over to Congress and New York investigators. New York Law School professor and CBSN legal analyst Rebecca Roiphe joined CBSN to discuss what's at stake.

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♪ ♪ >> Bret: IT’S PENDANT DAYO
>> Bret: IT’S PENDANT DAYO FIRST SET THE U.S.
FIRST SET THE U.S. SUPREME COURT, THE FIRST TIME
SUPREME COURT, THE FIRST TIME AUDIO OF THE COURT’S ARGUMENTS
AUDIO OF THE COURT’S ARGUMENTS WAS HEARD LIVE BY THE WORLD AND
WAS HEARD LIVE BY THE WORLD AND THE FIRST ARGUMENTS BY
THE FIRST ARGUMENTS BY TELEPHONE.
TELEPHONE. ALL IT TOOK WAS A GLOBAL
ALL IT TOOK WAS A GLOBAL PANDEMIC.
PANDEMIC. CORRESPONDENT DAVID SPUNT SHOWS
CORRESPONDENT DAVID SPUNT SHOWS US.
US. >> FOR THE FIRST TIME IN
>> FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY, THE SUPREME COURT’S
HISTORY, THE SUPREME COURT’S PUBLIC CHAMBER EMPTY BUT THE
PUBLIC CHAMBER EMPTY BUT THE BUSINESS OF THE HIGH COURT
BUSINESS OF THE HIGH COURT CONTINUES VIA TELEPHONE.
CONTINUES VIA TELEPHONE. >> WE WILL HEAR ARGUMENT THIS
>> WE WILL HEAR ARGUMENT THIS MORNING IN CASE 1946,
MORNING IN CASE 1946, UNITED STATES PATENT AND
UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE VERSUS
TRADEMARK OFFICE VERSUS Booking.com.
Booking.com. >> AN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CASE
>> AN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CASE DEBATED REMOTELY WITHOUT ANY OF
DEBATED REMOTELY WITHOUT ANY OF THE JUSTICES OR ATTORNEYS ABLE
THE JUSTICES OR ATTORNEYS ABLE TO SEE EACH OTHER.
TO SEE EACH OTHER. AT TIMES THERE WERE A FEW
AT TIMES THERE WERE A FEW TECHNICAL GLITCHES.
TECHNICAL GLITCHES. >> JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR R.
>> JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR R. JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR ARE?
JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR ARE? >> I’M SORRY, CHIEF.
>> I’M SORRY, CHIEF. >> TODAY’S AUDIO STREAM WAS
>> TODAY’S AUDIO STREAM WAS STREAMLINED TO THE PUBLIC, ALSO
STREAMLINED TO THE PUBLIC, ALSO BREAKING THE LONGTIME TRADITION.
BREAKING THE LONGTIME TRADITION. UNLIKE THE USUAL FREE-FOR-ALL
UNLIKE THE USUAL FREE-FOR-ALL QUESTIONING, THE JUSTICES SPOKE
QUESTIONING, THE JUSTICES SPOKE ONE AT A TIME IN ORDER OF
ONE AT A TIME IN ORDER OF SENIORITY.
SENIORITY. TODAY A RARE MOMENT BY JUSTICE
TODAY A RARE MOMENT BY JUSTICE CLARENCE THOMAS WHO ONCE WENT
CLARENCE THOMAS WHO ONCE WENT FOR A DECADE WITHOUT ASKING A
FOR A DECADE WITHOUT ASKING A SINGLE QUESTION DURING AN ORAL
SINGLE QUESTION DURING AN ORAL ARGUMENT.
ARGUMENT. >> JUSTICE THOMAS.
>> JUSTICE THOMAS. >> YES, COULD BOOKING ACQUIRE AN
>> YES, COULD BOOKING ACQUIRE AN 800 NUMBER?
800 NUMBER? 1-800-BOOKING FOR EXAMPLE?
1-800-BOOKING FOR EXAMPLE? >> LIKE MANY ENTITIES THAT I
>> LIKE MANY ENTITIES THAT I WILL LEARN TO WORK REMOTELY, ONE
WILL LEARN TO WORK REMOTELY, ONE ATTORNEY WHO HAS ARGUED IN FRONT
ATTORNEY WHO HAS ARGUED IN FRONT OF THE COURT 21 TIMES CAN ONLY
OF THE COURT 21 TIMES CAN ONLY IMAGINE THE CHALLENGE.
IMAGINE THE CHALLENGE. >> IT’S GOING TO BE A BIT OF A
>> IT’S GOING TO BE A BIT OF A CHAOTIC SITUATION I WOULD THINK
CHAOTIC SITUATION I WOULD THINK BECAUSE THE JUSTICES ARE
BECAUSE THE JUSTICES ARE EXTREMELY ACTIVE.
EXTREMELY ACTIVE. >> THE COURT OCCASIONALLY ALLOWS
>> THE COURT OCCASIONALLY ALLOWS SAME-DAY AUDIO FROM ORAL
SAME-DAY AUDIO FROM ORAL ARGUMENT IN HIGH-PROFILE CASES
ARGUMENT IN HIGH-PROFILE CASES LIKE BUSH V GORE 20 YEARS AGO
LIKE BUSH V GORE 20 YEARS AGO THAT WAS TAPE DELAYED, NOT TRULY
THAT WAS TAPE DELAYED, NOT TRULY STREAMED LIVE.
STREAMED LIVE. >> I ALWAYS THOUGHT THE COURT
>> I ALWAYS THOUGHT THE COURT WAS DOING ITSELF A DISSERVICE BY
WAS DOING ITSELF A DISSERVICE BY NOT JUST HAVING LIVE VIDEO AND I
NOT JUST HAVING LIVE VIDEO AND I THINK THE COURT WOULD BE
THINK THE COURT WOULD BE PRESSING TO PEOPLE IF THEY COULD
PRESSING TO PEOPLE IF THEY COULD SEE HOW WELL-PREPARED THEY ARE.
SEE HOW WELL-PREPARED THEY ARE. >> DON’T EXPECT CAMERAS IN THE
>> DON’T EXPECT CAMERAS IN THE COURTROOM ANYTIME SOON HERE.
COURTROOM ANYTIME SOON HERE. THE JUSTICES WILL BE BACK AT HER
THE JUSTICES WILL BE BACK AT HER TOMORROW ON THE TELEPHONE FOR
TOMORROW ON THE TELEPHONE FOR THE NEXT WEEK HEARING CASES
THE NEXT WEEK HEARING CASES ABOUT THE PRESIDENTS FINANCIAL
ABOUT THE PRESIDENTS FINANCIAL RECORDS, ALSO THE ELECTORAL
RECORDS, ALSO THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE.
COLLEGE. THE TERM FOR THE SUPREME COURT
THE TERM FOR THE SUPREME COURT IS EXPECTED TO GO THROUGH THE
IS EXPECTED TO GO THROUGH THE END OF NEXT MONTH.

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