For the first time in history, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case in which the exchanges between justices and attorneys will be broadcast live to the nation.
For many years, justices have been opposed to televising hearings because they did not want to politicize the process of hearing a case and the arguments presented to the nation’s highest court.
But with the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the country, the Court has decided to make a change.
The pandemic has forced the nine justices — including progressive Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an octogenarian who has been in fragile health — to telework for nearly two months.
For Monday’s hearing, the justices will take part by telephone. But with no cameras involved, they won’t have to wear their traditional black robes.
To avoid confusion, the justices will speak in order of their seniority on the court, rather than in their usual impromptu fashion. Television viewers will only see photos of the justices on the screen, above their names.
The first case, to be heard starting at 10am (1400 GMT) Monday, will deal with whether the popular travel site Booking.com is allowed to register its name as a trademark — or whether that would be barred by federal law banning the trademarking of generic terms.
Over the coming two weeks, the court will hear arguments in nine other cases.
Back in March, the Supreme Court released a short update confirming that “all Justices are healthy” amid the coronavirus spreading across the country.
Aside from that, many might view this as a good thing given most agree with more transparency.
This move, regardless of how long it takes place, will allow people to hear Supreme Court cases being argued without the filter of the liberal mainstream media.
However, it will also open the door for left-wing “television lawyers” to criticize the Justices.
We all know conservative Justices will probably face the most attacks if networks decide to cover these hearings.
The High Court has already handed down several major immigration rulings this month.
Last week, the Supreme Court issued an 8-1 decision in favor of Obamacare, ruling that the federal government must pay out $12 billion to insurers who had enrolled in the Affordable Care Act’s “risk corridor” program.
Before that, the SCOTUS delivered a 5-4 ruling permitting a “public charge” rule that allows the Trump administration to screen out green card applicants. The rule makes it more difficult for immigrants to receive legal status should they be expected to become dependent on government benefits.
The Supreme Court ruled last week that defendants in criminal trials can only be convicted by a unanimous jury, striking down a previous law that has been rejected by every state except one.
The SCOTUS recently ruled that the Trump administration can enforce the “remain in Mexico” policy.
Before that, the High Court ruled 5-4 in favor of tossing a lawsuit filed against a Texas border agent for shooting and killing a Mexican teenager.