Blind justice: No visual cues for court phone cases

Oral arguments in front of the U.S. Supreme Court will be done via telephone in the first time in history. Health concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic have prompted the unprecedented measure.

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April 29, 2020 - 10:06 AM

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WASHINGTON (AP) — On the evening before he was to argue a case before the Supreme Court years ago, Jeffrey Fisher broke his glasses. That left the very nearsighted lawyer with an unappealing choice. He could wear contacts and clearly see the justices but not his notes, or skip the contacts and see only his notes.

It wasn’t hard to decide. “I couldn’t imagine doing argument without seeing their faces,” Fisher said.

He won’t have a choice next month.

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