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Hello? Justice Stephen Breyer's cellphone rings in court

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/25/2017
FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2017 file photo, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer listens in Boston. Even Supreme Court justices forget to turn off their cellphones. A high court argument on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, was interrupted by the familiar sound of a ring chime, and Justice Stephen Breyer was the culprit. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2017 file photo, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer listens in Boston. Even Supreme Court justices forget to turn off their cellphones. A high court argument on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, was interrupted by the familiar sound of a ring chime, and Justice Stephen Breyer was the culprit. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even Supreme Court justices forget to turn off their cellphones.

A high court argument Tuesday was interrupted by the familiar sound of a ring chime, and Justice Stephen Breyer was the culprit.

A mildly embarrassed Breyer quickly appeared to reach down to turn it off as a majority of his colleagues on the bench broke into smiles. Justice Samuel Alito struggled to suppress a laugh.

Cellphones and other electronic devices are strictly forbidden in the ornate courtroom — a rule that includes observers and lawyers arguing before the court, but apparently not the justices themselves.

Breyer and fellow Justice Clarence Thomas shared a quick laugh about the incident. But it didn't fluster lawyer Neal Katyal, who was in the middle of answering a question.

Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg later called the incident an "oversight" and said Breyer doesn't usually take his phone into the courtroom.

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