As Justices remain skeptical of camera access, spectators stand in the rain and hope
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Spectators line up outside the Supreme Court hoping to get one of the seats in the courtroom.
It was pouring rain the last day the Supreme Court heard oral argument this spring, but that didn’t stop James Armstrong from waiting in a line more than 50-yards long to try to get a seat in the courtroom.
He wanted to see the case, a patent dispute, but braving the elements was the only way to do so because the Supreme Court does not televise oral arguments.
Umbrella in hand and in town from California, Armstrong questioned this policy.
“Justice should be done in the open,” he said.