(USA Features) The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in nearly a dozen cases next month via teleconferencing because of the ongoing coronavirus threat, including one over President Donald Trump’s financial records and tax returns.
Court officials said that a live audio stream of the proceedings will be available for the media.
Cases will be heard between May 4-13, according to a statement from the court’s public information office.
Another case scheduled to be heard during the period involves a challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage, while another deals with discrimination charges against a religious employer.
One of the most closely-watched cases, though, involves a dispute over congressional authority to subpoena the banking and tax documents from the president’s businesses, in addition to a challenge over the validity of a subpoena issued by New York’s attorney general to obtain Trump’s tax returns.
These kinds of court proceedings are rare but they have happened in the past, the Washington Times reports.
The high court postponed arguments in 1918 during the Spanish flu epidemic. Also, a court spokesperson also noted calendars at the court were changed in 1793 and 1798 over yellow fever.