By Prof. Timothy R. Johnson, Jerry Goldman
The country's most sensible criminal newshounds touch upon and study probably the most vital oral arguments in fresh courtroom historical past
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A Workman-like Performance | 37 in the case as he sees it before declaring his view of how the case should be decided. Chief Justice Rehnquist was not in Barrett’s corner. The chief explained that he was persuaded that Cox v. New Hampshire was controlling—just as the Forsyth County attorney had argued—and that Cox remained good law and should not be overruled. There is very little debate in these conferences. ” That, however, is largely incorrect. The oral argument is the only occasion where all the justices discuss the case together at any length—one of the features that makes oral argument so important.
A few years ago, I asked one of the Court’s leading opponents of televised coverage if he would still object to television coverage if only C-SPAN broadcast the hearings and the arguments were not made available to the commercial TV news media. “That would be okay,” was this justice’s reply, “but we couldn’t do that. ” Well, maybe not as a matter of constitutional law. But, as a practical matter, the justices could quite easily do it. Justice Scalia, among those on the Court known to oppose televised coverage, may have stumbled onto the answer in a televised interview with Tim Russert of NBC News that appeared on C-SPAN in 2005.
113. A Workman-like Performance | 35 chief justice rehnquist: Mr. Barrett, I think you better calm down a little and address the issues. I think we have heard enough rhetoric. mr. barrett: It’s an emotional issue based on humanity, Your Honor. chief justice rehnquist: I suggest you try to keep your emotions under control and try to discuss the merits of the case. mr. barrett: Certainly, Your Honor. ;)) The white light came on at the lectern. Barrett’s time was running out. He returned to the prepared script.
A Good Quarrel: America's Top Legal Reporters Share Stories from Inside the Supreme Court by Prof. Timothy R. Johnson, Jerry Goldman