Things got pretty exciting at the Supreme Court yesterday when a protester interrupted oral arguments to voice his views on corporations (spoiler: he did not like them). And now there's video of the whole incident, which if nothing else proves that there's a pretty low bar for what counts as dramatic at the high court.
Video cameras of any kind — including those from the media — are not allowed in Supreme Court sessions. That might be part of why the anonymous videographer behind the footage chose the bold name of SCOTUSpwnd for his or her account. Here's the video:
The protester seen here was later identified as Noah Newkirk of Los Angeles. He was charged under a law that bans everything from "mak[ing] a harangue or oration" in the chamber to setting off explosives or firearms. According to CNN, the justices simply ignored him.
Update: the Wall Street Journal notes that the footage is the first known recorded video of the Supreme Court in session. A spokesperson for the court told the paper that they "became aware today of the video posted on YouTube," adding, "Court officials are in the process of reviewing the video and our courtroom screening procedures.
This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire.