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