The sound of a flushing toilet on Wednesday’s telephonic arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court might go down as one of the most awkward moments for the federal judiciary in the virus era. But we’re only weeks into the new world of closed courts, social distancing and Zoom happy hours, so there’s still time.

These unmuted moments, of course, were certain to happen, as state and federal courts quickly embraced audio and video platforms to try to keep things moving amid the virus pandemic. The Supreme Court, in a historic first, agreed to hear arguments by phone in a handful of pending cases—and to provide real-time audio.

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