I’ve updated my chart with laughter references on the Court. You can find the up-to-date iteration of the full chart here and you can read about my methodology here. Justice Total Roberts 13 Stevens 6 Scalia 51 Kennedy 6 Souter 10 Thomas 0 Ginsburg 1 Breyer 12 Alito 3

The Court released a slew of cases last week, five to be specific, and the vast majority of press coverage has been focused on Riegel v. Medtronics. Riegel isn’t bad, but the case that really drew my attention was Danforth v. Minnesota. Danforth first made news (within the overly excited blogosphere) when the Justices turn [...]

Oral Arguments took place this morning in Boumediene v. Bush and its sister case, Al-Odah v. US. Because of the heightened interest in the case, the Supreme Court opted to expedite the delivery of the audio recording and it was broadcast on C-Span by 11:50EST, less than an hour after the arguments concluded. The arguments [...]

After finding the most talkative Justice, I was interested in finding the funniest Justice. According to my calculations, there were 51 total references to (Laughter.) in the court’s first two months of arguements. Here is the breakdown: Case JR JPS AS AK DS CT RBG SB SA COUNSEL TOTAL Washington 1 2 3 Tom F. [...]

Two months into the term, the Supreme Court has held oral arguments in 19 different cases. After reading a few of the transcripts, I thought it would be interesting to see which Justices spoke most often during oral arguments. I found transcripts from the usual place and I copied the text into TextMate. From there, [...]

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments (transcript) last week in Danforth v. Minnesota. The debate in Danforth revolves around whether or not state courts need to respect boundaries set by the Supreme Court. In the 1989 case, Teague v. Lane, the Court held that their opinions cannot be retroactively applied by federal courts to grant [...]

UK’s The Telegraph created lists of the 100 most influential conservatives and the most influential liberals leading into the 2008 elections. John Roberts made number #8 on the conservative list, Antonin Scalia came in at #62, and Clarence Thomas came in at #85. John Paul Stevens, despite claiming to be a conservative, came in at [...]

During oral arguments in Gall v. US two weeks ago, the court discussed whether sentences that fell within guidelines are presumed to be reasonable. My earlier analysis of the case can be found here. Justice Thomas has been a long-time critic of Judges who speak out during oral arguments only to argue with their colleagues. [...]

C-Span followed Clarence Thomas around his book release party at the home of Armstrong Williams. Its a rather amusing video with cameos from David Souter, Antonin Scalia, John Roberts, Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito, the ever-lovely Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Arlen Specter, Lindsey Graham, Dick Cheney and a plethora of mid-major political stars and their spouses. Here [...]

Clarence Speaks!

As a person who was only 2-years old when Clarence Thomas when through the confirmation process and 3-years old when he took his seat on the bench, I was shocked to see Clarence speak so much during his interview on 60-minutes. Part I: Part II: Part III: Though I’ve always heard the rhetoric he used [...]



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