January 28, 2022

Supreme Court updates transcript after Gorsuch mistated flu death toll

The Supreme Court released an updated version of its oral argument transcripts to correct a misquote by Justice Neil Gorsuch.

The statement came during oral arguments regarding President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for companies with 100 or more employees.

We have flu vaccines. The flu kills, I believe, hundreds, thousands of people every year. OSHA has never purported to regulate on that basis,” the justice noted.

However, an earlier transcript of the oral arguments claimed that Gorsuch said that “hundreds of thousands of people” die from the flu every year, causing some people to accuse the justice of promoting COVID-19 misinformation.

The updated transcript shows the impact investigative journalism and activists can have in small ways, even in the nation’s highest court.

The quote did not have a major impact on the case, but is an example of the Supreme Court seeking to make certain all of its statements are accurate.

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