I found a neat article over at the New York Times Archives entitled “Ideas % Trends; Scalia Speaks Up, Quite Clearly, At Bar Convention from 1987. According to the article, Justice Scalia was the most talkative person on the bench even in the late 80′s when he was a relative newcomer to the Court.

The New York Times archive is a great resource for information about our recent history. In my brief search, I found a few articles from 1957 about the Dred Scott decision here, here, and here. As far as I can tell from the articles, the Dred Scott case was followed more closely by the general public than any case in recent memory. There were 3-4 front page articles in the New York Times outlining just the arguments that were made during oral arguments. Today, even the hottest Supreme Court cases would only get one front page article.


Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Categories

Random Posts

  • Early OT09 Stats: I've finally finished the first edition of my OT09 statistics. First, the links: Term Index and Term Opinion Breakdown. Honestly, the nam...
  • New Opinions and Updated Statistics: The Supreme Court released three new opinions today and dismissed one hotly-anticipated case as improvidently granted. Graham v. Florida-...
  • Justice Thomas' History at Oral Argument: The big news in the world of the Supreme Court today is that Justice Thomas finally spoke at oral argument. It is not clear exactly what he ...
  • Average Age (1800-2010): I've posted a PDF of the Court's average age at the beginning of every term from 1800-present. The ages were taken on the first Monday in Oc...
  • Frequency of Consecutive Opinions Release Days: I've taken a look at the number of opinion days in a given week from OT06 to OT10. In other words, I've taken a look at the number of times ...