Illegal picture taken inside the US Supreme Court in 1932. Dr. Erich Salomon faked a broken arm so he could hide a camera in his cast. There are only

The only two illegal photos taken inside the US Supreme Court in session, 1932-1937

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Illegal picture taken inside the US Supreme Court in 1932. Dr. Erich Salomon faked a broken arm so he could hide a camera in his cast.

There are only two known photos in existence taken inside the US Supreme Court while in session. The Supreme Court of the United States does not allow cameras in the courtroom when the court is in session, a policy which is the subject of much debate. Although the Court has never allowed cameras in its courtroom, it does allow audio recordings of oral arguments and opinions.

The first photo was taken in 1932 by a German photographer named Erich Salomon. He decided to sneak a camera into the Supreme Court by faking that he had a broken arm so that he could hide his camera inside his sling.

As we can see, Salomon was able to snap a nice shot, which was later published in Fortune magazine and captioned as the first photo ever made showing the Supreme Court in session.

Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes is the one in the middle with the big bushy mustache. Among others, in this photo are Justices Louis Brandeis (creator of the constitutional right to privacy) and Harlan Stone (Future Chief Justice and created the ‘rational basis test’).

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