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Video Captures Supreme Court Protest Footage

A protest against the infamous Citizen's United ruling by the Supreme Court was captured on video, marking perhaps the first instance of video inside those chambers.
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A protest against the infamous Citizen's United ruling by the Supreme Court was captured on video, marking perhaps the first instance of video inside those chambers.

via the Wall Street Journal

The Supreme Court was subject to an unprecedented security breach when a spectator sneaked a video camera into Wednesday’s proceedings and filmed a protester who disrupted an oral argument.

The clandestine footage, posted on YouTube, is the first known video footage of a Supreme Court proceeding to be made public. It isn’t clear what type of device was used to make the recording.

The video appears to contain footage from two different Supreme Court oral arguments—a campaign finance case from October 2013 and an argument from Wednesday in which a spectator in the court’s gallery stood up and urged the justices to overturn their 2010 decision in Citizens United. That case struck down decades-old limits on political spending by corporations and unions.

Authorities identified the protester as Noah Newkirk, a 33-year-old from Los Angeles. He was arrested and charged with violating a federal law that makes it unlawful to make “a harangue or oration” in the Supreme Court building.

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