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Court Plans to Quickly Release Audio of Argument in FEC Case

Associated Press
The Supreme Court said Friday that it will release audio tapes soon after Wednesday’s argument in a much-anticipated case, dealing with limits on campaign spending by corporations and labor unions.

The case, Citizens United v. FEC, involves a movie made by a conservative group that was harshly critical of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential ambitions.

C-SPAN said it expects to air the audio recording soon after the argument concludes, probably around 11:30 a.m. EDT.

The same-day release of audio tapes following arguments in major cases started in the 2000 presidential election, when the justices decided appeals of the Florida recount controversy in favor of George W. Bush. The court most recently made same-day audio available after arguments over a key provision of the federal Voting Rights Act in April.

The court records arguments and ordinarily releases them at the end of each term. With television cameras barred from the court and reporters prohibited from using tape recorders in the courtroom, the availability of audio provides the public with a chance to hear the justices at work.

By Post Editor  |  September 4, 2009; 2:02 PM ET
Categories:  Docket , Supreme Court  
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