WASHINGTON — In an apparent first at the tradition-minded Supreme Court, an advocacy group surreptitiously recorded video of an oral argument.
The group 99Rise.org, which supports campaign finance reform, posted the video of Wednesday’s proceedings on YouTube as part of a protest over the issue.
No electronic devices, or still or video cameras are permitted in the court’s public sessions.
All spectators, including members of the media are screened with magnetometers at the entrance to the ornate courtroom.
There was no immediate explanation of how a camera was smuggled past security.
“The court became aware today of the video posted on YouTube,” court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said in a statement. “Court officials are in the process of reviewing the video and our courtroom screening procedures.”
The taping as well as an interruption by a spectator who witness said began talking loudly about campaign finance reform, apparently occurred near the end of arguments.
The nine justices and counsel were engaged in a case on attorney fees in patent disputes.
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