Court prohibits Twitter coverage of Obamacare hearings

Court prohibits Twitter coverage of Obamacare hearings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A lawyer discovered how far the U.S. Supreme Court will go to close itself off from the public when it hears a case, no matter how many people on Twitter may be interested.

Casey Mattox went to the court on Tuesday to see historic arguments over whether to strike down the Obama administration’s healthcare law.

His plan was to give live updates and the idea appeared to work as descriptions from the arguments showed up on the Twitter feed of the Alliance Defense Fund, a conservative legal group where Mattox is a senior counsel.

But after finding out about the social networking, the court marshal’s office asked Mattox to stop, citing a policy against electronic communication, a spokeswoman for the Alliance Defense Fund said afterward.

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