April 16, 2018

Following Hirono, Cruz Request, Supreme Court Approves Release of Same Day Audio in Trump v. Hawaii

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, applauded the Supreme Court’s decision to release an audio recording and transcript of oral arguments in the highly-anticipated Trump v. Hawaii case immediately after arguments conclude on April 25.

“I thank the Supreme Court for agreeing to our request to release same day audio for Trump v. Hawaii oral arguments,” Senator Hirono said. “In high interest cases like this one, same day audio provides valuable insight into oral arguments, and increases access to primary sources of information on the case.”

“I am grateful the Court will provide same day audio of oral arguments on April 25,” Senator Cruz said. “In doing so, the Court has opened up the judicial process regarding this case to the American public. I believe that the people of the United States will take this opportunity to recognize the care with which the Court considers the issues that matter to them, and hope to see this become a standard practice by the Court.”

Last month, Senators Hirono and Cruz wrote to Chief Justice John Roberts to request the expedited release of the recording. According to a press release from the Court, the recording and transcript for oral arguments will be available by 2:00 p.m. on the 25th on the Supreme Court website.