Posts Tagged "supreme court"


In which Clarence Thomas speaks at oral arguments for the first time in seven years.

It is ALIVE!

Justice Scalia on Cameras in the Supreme Court (by C-SPAN)


How did Jeffrey Toobin keep up the “train wreck” echo chamber?

“There are two ways to explain the early onset of liberal panic over last week’s health care hearings at the Supreme Court. In the first, Solicitor General Don Verrilli turned in an unexpectedly weak performance during last Tuesday’s oral arguments, flubbing tough questions from the court’s skeptical swing votes. In the second, New Yorker writer and CNN legal correspondent Jeffrey Toobin got on television and scared the hell out of all of us.”

- Simon van Zuylen-Wood, Jeffrey Toobin’s Big Week

Photo courtesy of The Charlie Rose Show


Could one simple argument have saved Obamacare? Jeffrey Rosen and Jonathan Cohn discuss the Supreme Court case.

“In the oral arguments over the constitutionality of health care reform, John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy seemed at times to be looking for a reason to uphold the law despite their doubts. Unfortunately, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli didn’t give it to them.”

-Jeffrey Rosen, One Simple Argument Could Have Saved Obamacare. Too Bad Verilli Didn’t Make It.

Case by Case: The Supreme Court 2011 - 2012 term →


This is a fascinating and thorough look at issues ranging from health care, immigration, Native American rights and so much more.

A great interactive. More, please, Reuters.

This, from a man who hasn’t uttered a word in 5 years during oral arguments on the Supreme Court. 

This, from a man who hasn’t uttered a word in 5 years during oral arguments on the Supreme Court. 


Tomorrow: We talk about the Roberts court with New York Times Supreme Court correspondent Adam Liptak. He’s recently written about how the Roberts court has become the most conservative one in living memory, and that several of the court’s written decisions have been unusually long, but lacking in clarity.

Supreme Court arguments will be available as weekly MP3s →


This is big news:

Beginning with the October Term 2010, the audio recordings of all oral arguments heard by the Supreme Court of the United States will be available free to the public on the Court’s web site,, at the end of each argument week. The audio recordings will be posted on Fridays after Conference.

The public may either download the audio files or listen to the recordings on the Court’s website. The MP3 files of the audio recordings may be accessed by clicking the “Oral Arguments” prompt on the home page, and selecting “Argument Audio.” The audio recordings will be listed by case name, docket number, and date of oral argument.

This is not as nice as same-day release, and nowhere near televising the arguments, but it’s a big step forward for the Court, scholars, amateur buffs, and the media. Previously the Court only released recordings of oral arguments to the National Archives at the end of each term, and if you didn’t have access to the National Archives, you had to wait until The Oyez Project could upload the arguments on its website. (And that wait could be a while: last term’s oral arguments still aren’t available.)

Now anyone with Internet access can become more knowledgeable of the Court and its workings.