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SCOTUS secretly videotaped by political advocacy group

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An advocacy group made history when they secretly videotaped oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court. (Source: CNN) An advocacy group made history when they secretly videotaped oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) – In an apparent first at the tradition-minded Supreme Court, an advocacy group surreptitiously videotaped part of Wednesday's oral argument, including a planned protest by a spectator.

The group 99Rise.org, which supports a campaign finance reform, posted the video on YouTube as part of a protest over campaign finance reform.

No electronic devices, no still of video cameras have ever been permitted in the court's public sessions.

All spectators, including members of the media, are carefully screened with magnetometers at the entrance to the marble-lined courtroom.

There was no immediate explanation how a camera got past security.

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