Unauthorized video of Supreme Court protest posted online

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 27, 2014 5:04 PM

By Lawrence Hurley

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Unauthorized video footage of a protester that disrupted a U.S. Supreme Court proceeding on Wednesday has been posted online.

The shaky, low-quality video, just over two minutes long, shows a brief disruption that occurred in a courtroom during an oral argument in a patent case.


Video cameras, along with any other electronic devices, are not allowed in the courtroom. Spectators are screened by police officers before they are allowed entry to the courtroom.

On Wednesday, Noah Newkirk of Los Angeles, California, stood up in the courtroom and spoke out on an unrelated case, objecting to the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling from 2010 that cleared the way for increased independent corporate and union spending during federal elections.

Newkirk can be partially seen and heard in the footage, which appears to have been shot by someone he was with.

The video ends with the logo for a group called 99Rise, which says on its website (http://www.99rise.org) that its aim is to "get big money out of American politics."

Police officers removed Newkirk after a brief scuffle. He has been charged with violating a law that prohibits "loud threatening or abusive language" in the Supreme Court building.

A court spokeswoman said in an email on Thursday that she was aware of the video.

"Court officials are in the process of reviewing the video and our courtroom screening procedures," she said.

(Additional reporting by Joan Biskupic; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh, Bernard Orr)