Video Gives Rare Look Inside Supreme Court

Cameras have never been allowed inside

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A new video has pulled back the curtain on Supreme Court proceedings that have long barred cameras, in what represents both a rare look inside the room and a security breach for the high court.

The video was posted on YouTube this week by a protest group, and it depicts oral arguments in a campaign finance case last year. At one point someone in the room rises to protest the court’s Citizens United ruling, which has been blamed for helping open the floodgates to unlimited campaign spending.

“I rise on behalf of the vast majority of the American people who believe that money is not speech, corporations are not people,” the protester says. “Overturn Citizens United.”

Video coverage has never been allowed during a Supreme Court proceeding. Court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg told the New York Times that the video was being investigated. “The court became aware today of the video posted on YouTube,” she said. “Court officials are in the process of reviewing the video and our courtroom screening procedures.”