Scalia's Rapid-Fire Questioning Transformed Oral Arguments

By Emily Field (February 14, 2016, 10:02 PM EST) -- The incisive, often biting, wit of the late Justice Antonin Scalia often elicited laughs in the courtroom and outrage from the public, but his presence on the bench forever transformed how advocates present their arguments to the country's highest court.

While oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court used to be somewhat staid and rote, attorneys credit Justice Scalia— who died Saturday at age 79 — with introducing a lively questioning style that keeps attorneys on their toes, often barely able to get a word in edgewise as the justices fire off questions.

Known as the high court's funniest judge, some...

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