The issues at the heart of the encryption spat between technology giant Apple and the FBI will be argued before a mock U.S. Supreme Court at the Newseum June 15.
Called Pear v. United States, the case will include experts in First Amendment law, cybersecurity, civil liberties and national security who will make up the eight-member High Court and legal teams representing Pear and the government.
Oral arguments, supported by written briefs, will focus on issues that are likely to reach the actual Supreme Court, from the power of the government to “compel speech” to the privacy expectations of millions of mobile phone users.
Each side will have 25 minutes to argue its position and an additional five minutes for follow-up comments. Following the proceedings, the audience will be invited to ask questions of the lawyers and court members.
The Justices hearing the case include:
Lawyers arguing the case include:
The program is organized on behalf of the Newseum Institute by Mooney and Ronald Collins, the University of Washington Law School’s Harold S. Shefelman Scholar.
The event will take place at 3 p.m. in the Newseum’s Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater. It is free and open to the public, but registration is required. The program will also be live-streamed on newseum.org/live.