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The Supreme Court is opening up the phone lines. Here’s what to listen for.
Justices on the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments by telephone in May, and, for the first time, the public can listen live. But what will happen when one of the most opaque and dignified government bodies is suddenly on display in real time? We might see that Supreme Court justices are “human, just like us,” says legal scholar Dan Urman, who teaches a course at Northeastern on Constitutional law and the Supreme Court.
The court is carrying on its business remotely to comply with public health guidelines about physical distance in response to COVID-19, and the newfound transparency will provide a historic look into one of the most insular institutions in the U.S. government.