John Oliver Skewers Apathy About the Supreme Court With This Pooch-Filled Parody

Don't care about the country's top court? The comedian attempts to capture your attention by replacing justices with dogs.
Oct 21, 2014·
Nicole Pasulka is a writer and reporter who lives in New York City. She has written for Mother Jones, BuzzFeed, The Believer, and the New York Observer.

Cameras are not allowed in the Supreme Court during oral arguments. Justice Antonin Scalia says this is because "what most of the American people would see would be 30-second—15-second—takeouts from our arguments and those takeouts would not be characteristic of what we do."

There is audio of court hearings, however, and John Oliver has an extraordinary plan to bring these stale recordings to life.

Get a bunch of adorable dogs with fake paws to act them out.

These hearings matter, as Oliver notes. The American public should listen when the Supreme Court discusses abortion laws, religious freedom, or gay marriage. The likelihood that people will bother to tune in may significantly increase if the media finds a way to make the hearings irresistibly adorable.