- The Washington Times - Monday, April 20, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court will release audio tapes soon after the April 29 argument over a key provision of the federal Voting Rights Act.

The C-SPAN cable network said Monday the court granted a request for the quick release of audio. The court had previously refused to make same-day audio available in seven cases this term, C-SPAN said.

C-SPAN said it expects to air the audio recording soon after the argument concludes, shortly after 11 a.m. EDT.

The immediate, same-day release of audio tapes following arguments in major cases started in the 2000 presidential election, when the justices decided appeals of the Florida recount controversy in favor of George W. Bush.

The court records arguments and ordinarily releases them at the end of each term. With television cameras barred from the court and reporters prohibited from using tape recorders in the courtroom, the availability of audio provides the public with a chance to hear the justices at work.

The case is Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District v. Holder, 08-322.

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