Alito Downplays Role Of Oral Arguments In High Court Cases

Law360, Dallas (June 20, 2013, 8:18 PM EDT) -- Hearing oral arguments is a small and comparatively unimportant part of the work the U.S. Supreme Court does but has become a spectacle, Justice Samuel A. Alito said Thursday, comparing getting in a question to grabbing for a toy at a Black Friday sale at Walmart.

Speaking at the State Bar of Texas’ annual meeting, Justice Alito said that although oral arguments are useful as a final step in the court’s decision-making process, the justices concentrate much more on reading the briefs of parties and discussing...
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