Lights go out at Supreme Court

Lights go out at Supreme Court
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The lights went out at the Supreme Court during oral arguments Monday.

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Curtis Gannon, assistant to the solicitor general at the Department of Justice, was almost through arguing that a sex offender violated federal law when he moved to the Philippines and failed to notify Kansas, where he previously resided, when the lights went out.

“I knew we should have paid that bill,” Chief Justice John Roberts joked.

The crowded courtroom erupted in laughter.

"My red light on the bench is still working,” said Justice Elena Kagan, referring to the light on her microphone. 

The justices continued to ask questions in the dark in the case, known as Lester Nichols v. United States. The lights came back on after about five in minutes and arguments concluded.