A US Supreme Court argument showed Wednesday that it’s not just office workers who sometimes have difficulty finding the “mute” button during a conference call.
In the middle of oral arguments in Barr v. American Association of Political Consultants, an unexpected sound projected clearly across the court’s live audio stream: Someone flushed a toilet.
The stunning display of doo process came as attorney Roman Martinez told justices — over the phone due to the coronavirus pandemic — that the right to robocall is protected by the First Amendment.
Martinez was mid-sentence during a highly technical part of his delivery.
“I think we’re going to be saying, ‘Hey, call your congressman and change these laws that apply to banks’ and what the FCC has said is that when the subject matter of the call ranges to the topics, then the call is transformed and it’s a call that would have been allowed and is no longer allowed,” he said.
It was unclear which other lines were unmuted, and nobody on the line acknowledged the noise.