Courts attempt to balance innovation with access in remote proceedings
As a lawyer sparred with Justice Elena Kagan during livestreamed arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court in May, something burbled and slurped in the background.
The response on social media was immediate. “Did a toilet just flush during #SCOTUS oral arguments?!?” Bloomberg Law reporter Kimberly Robinson tweeted.
It’s unlikely the public will ever know for sure. What’s more likely is that virtual hearings, and all of their anomalies and awkward moments, are here to stay.