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FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2018 file photo Steve C. Jones, United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Georgia, gives the commencement address at the University of Georgia's fall commencement in Athens, Ga. It was a federal court hearing gone awry in the time of the coronavirus: Legal arguments in a lawsuit over gun carry licenses being heard in federal court in Atlanta were repeatedly interrupted by hold music, background noise and failures of the mute button. U.S. District Judge Steve Jones was holding the hearing by phone on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 with journalists and the public allowed to call in. But it all ended in disarray after about an hour as the hearing failing to survive the phone conferencing effort used in a bid to keep the courts functioning amid the global pandemic. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP, file)

Coronavirus: Hold music, noise wreck court hearing by phone

Apr. 15, 2020 8:59 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — It was a court hearing gone awry in the time of the coronavirus: Legal arguments in a lawsuit over gun carry licenses were repeatedly interrupted by hold music, background noise and failures of the mute button. And it all ended in disarray, the public hearing failing to survive the temporary...