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Supreme Court to end same-day release of audio for arguments

By Associated Press
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 12:03 EDT
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Supreme Court will give public online access to audio of every argument a few days later

The Supreme Court is broadening access to audio recordings of all its arguments, but ending its practice of same-day release of audio in high-profile cases.

Beginning with the new term next week, the court will post audio files of each week’s arguments on its website Friday. The court has for several years put the argument transcripts on the site within hours of the arguments.

Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said Tuesday the justices have decided they will no longer entertain requests from broadcasters for the same-day release of audio recordings. Last term, the justices rejected every broadcaster request.

Audio in big cases had been occasionally provided to broadcasters since the Bush v. Gore case that helped settle the 2000 presidential election.

The court bars reporters from carrying recorders and cameras into the courtroom.

 
 
 
 
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