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Supreme embarrassment: The flush heard around the country

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Well, someone forgot to mute. The Supreme Court was making history Wednesday afternoon, holding arguments over the phone because of Covid-19, when all of a sudden there was the distinct sound of a toilet flushing. Across the country, the public that has never before this week been able to listen in real time to oral arguments held remotely was treated not only to deep questions related to the First Amendment and robocalls but also to someone’s apparent bathroom break. The errant flush from an unknown source comes as the justices, lawyers and the country are dealing with the new realities — and hazards — of conducting their business over teleconference lines.

holding arguments – dispute or debate (legal)

all of a sudden – is an idiom that functions as an adverb phrase. It has the same meaning as suddenly, which means quickly or unexpectedly

flushing – cleanse (something, especially a toilet) by causing large quantities of water to pass through it.

treated to – an event or item that is out of the ordinary.

errant – erring or straying from the accepted course or standards.

dealing with – When you deal with something or someone that needs attention, you give your attention to them, and often solve a problem or make a decision concerning them.

hazards – a danger or risk

Italian

Beh, qualcuno ha dimenticato di mettere il muto. La Corte Suprema stava facendo la storia mercoledì pomeriggio, discutendo al telefono a causa di Covid-19, quando all’improvviso si è sentito il rumore distinto dello scarico del water. In tutto il paese, il pubblico che non era mai stato in grado prima di questa settimana di ascoltare in tempo reale le discussioni orali tenute a distanza è stato trattato non solo per questioni profonde legate al Primo Emendamento e alle robocall, ma anche per l’apparente pausa bagno di qualcuno. Lo sciacquone errante proveniente da una fonte sconosciuta arriva mentre i giudici, gli avvocati e il paese si occupano delle nuove realtà – e dei rischi – della conduzione dei loro affari attraverso le linee di teleconferenza.

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