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Outside Supreme Court, the ‘running of the interns’

Interns run across the plaza of the Supreme Court in Washington to report the decided opinions to television stations, an event sometimes referred to as the "running of the interns."
Interns run across the plaza of the Supreme Court in Washington to report the decided opinions to television stations, an event sometimes referred to as the "running of the interns."Jacquelyn Martin/Asociated Press

When seconds matter and with recording devices banned from inside the Supreme Court building, how do television networks quickly access decisions handed down by the justices? They send someone to run and get it. Quickly.

As decisions are released, a number of people affiliated with various networks — often, but not always, interns — take the printed opinions and sprint them down to journalists waiting on the Supreme Court plaza. The practice has become known as “the running of the interns.”

Below are some scenes from outside the Supreme Court on Thursday, after the ruling on the Affordable Care Act was released.

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Eliza Shirazi of Washington, a "college associate" with Fox Business, runs to report the Supreme Court opinions outside of the Supreme Court.
Eliza Shirazi of Washington, a "college associate" with Fox Business, runs to report the Supreme Court opinions outside of the Supreme Court.Jacqualyn Martin/Associated Press
Television interns ran to their reporters stationed outside after being handed the ruling on the Affordable Care Act.
Television interns ran to their reporters stationed outside after being handed the ruling on the Affordable Care Act.Mark Willson/Getty Images
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