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Supreme Court Releases Audio of Argument

November 30, 2005

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Supreme Court released an audiotape Wednesday immediately after arguments in a New Hampshire case involving abortion rights.

The court has made same-day releases of audio tapes in some major cases since December 2000, when justices heard Florida ballot recount appeals that determined the outcome of the presidential election.

Wednesday’s argument dealt with New Hampshire’s parental-notification abortion law. At the media’s request, the court agreed to release the audiotape.

The court also plans to release a recording of the Dec. 6 arguments in a case dealing with whether federal funds can be withheld from colleges that close their campuses to military recruiters in protest of the Pentagon’s ``don’t ask, don’t tell″ policy for gays.

Television cameras are barred from the court, and reporters are not allowed to use tape recorders. But arguments are taped by the court and usually released at the end of the term.

The most recent same-day release occurred in April 2004 when the court heard arguments in two cases involving U.S. citizens being held without charges as ``enemy combatants″ in the war on terrorism.

The abortion argument tape is the first allowed since Chief Justice John Roberts took the bench.

The case is Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood, 04-1144.


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