DC: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that a group of left-wing demonstrators may face federal charges for disrupting proceedings at the Supreme Court in an opinion that cited the hit American comedy “My Cousin Vinny.”
A group of activists styled “99Rise,” who advocate against corporate political expenditures, heckled the justices during oral arguments April 1, 2015, one day before the first anniversary of the Court’s McCutcheon v. FEC decision, which struck down individual limits on aggregate campaign contributions. One-by-one, the activists shouted anti-corporate slogans and criticized the justices for previous campaign finance decisions. The group managed to film their demonstration inside the courtroom, an astonishing feat given that all observers must pass through a security checkpoint, beyond which electronics of any kind are not permitted.
“Give them stiff, stiff sentences,” the late Justice Antonin Scalia said, as marshals removed the protestors from the Court.