TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- An ongoing federal trial will decide whether Florida felons must pay off all court fines and fees before they can vote.
The trial will determine the voting rights of more than a million people in Florida leading up to the November election.
The trial is being conducted virtually, via conference call, and is expected to wrap up Wednesday.
The I-Team asked for permission to record audio for the trial, but the federal court in Tallahassee said no.
“The policy of the Judicial Conference is that proceedings in Federal Court are not to be recorded. The court requests that you abide by the policy,” the court said.
But Supreme Court hearings are already being recorded.
On Monday, C-SPAN shared the audio of oral arguments in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office v. Booking.com case.
The battle is over whether Booking.com can trademark its name.
Bigger picture -- the case marks a groundbreaking shift for the nation’s highest court, by allowing people to listen in remotely for the the first time.
In Florida, federal judges haven’t quite caught up to the Supreme Court.
Closing arguments are set for Wednesday morning before the case is turned over the judge for a final decision.