Friday, October 20, 2017
The National Law Journal reports that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will broadcast oral arguments Friday for the first time since 2001 in a case that considers whether the government should allow an undocumented teenage immigrant to obtain an abortion. In response to a request from Gabe Roth, executive director of Fix the Court, Chief Judge Merrick Garland agreed Thursday to livestream audio. The D.C. Circuit typically does not allow electronic devices in its courtrooms, and the only other time it livestreams a hearing was for the 2001 Microsoft antitrust case. Roth said the D.C. Circuit privately agreed to a case-by-case livestream policy this summer, but had yet to receive a request. Roth asked Garland to livestream Friday's arguments due to the interest he's seen online in the case. His organization, Fix the Court, works to increase transparency in courtrooms, advocating for live audio broadcasts and cameras across the country.
Click the link above to listen to the argument at 10 a.m. EST.