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We Did It! Supreme Court to Allow Same-Day Audio in Travel Ban Case

The Supreme Court has announced that it will release the audio recording of the April 25 travel ban case, Trump v. Hawai’i, immediately after the argument concludes. (SCOTUS typically releases audio on the Friday after arguments.)

This will be the first time the court has permitted same-day audio since April 28, 2015, for Obergefell v. Hodges and the 27th time overall

The courtroom at SCOTUS does have live audio capabilities that have only been utilized once, for Justice Scalia’s Bar memorial in Nov. 2016.

FTC executive director Gabe Roth issued this statement:

In this era of tweets and hot takes, I hope the justices come to see how near-immediate access to a primary source can be useful in educating the public about their work.

And though it shouldn’t have taken calling on the big guns on Capitol Hill, a former Supreme Court clerk among them, to obtain expedited audio, I’m pleased to have had their support.

As of this year, all federal appeals courts beside the Supreme Court release argument audio within hours, not days, of their hearings, and it should be automatic that the highest court does the same.

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