Thursday, March 23, 2006

Report on the Hammon and Davis arguments

Davis and Hammon were argued on Monday, and now we wait for the decisions.

Robert H. Jackson once wrote, “[A]s Solicitor General, I made three arguments in every case. First came the one I had planned – as I thought, logical, coherent, complete. Second was the one actually presented – interrupted, incoherent, disjointed, disappointing. The third was the utterly devastating argument that I thought of after going to bed that night…” Advocacy Before the Supreme Court: Suggestions for Effective Case Presentations, 37 A.B.A. J. 801, 803 (1951). I think the main difference between Justice Jackson and me is that my too-late thoughts wake me up early in the morning rather than keeping me up late at night.

When the transcripts of the arguments become available, I will post them on the blog. Meanwhile, readers can find accounts in the press, and I offer below the observations recorded that night, at my request, by my 13-year-old daughter, who sat through the full arguments in both cases, two hours in all.

Hammon v. Indiana case
Supreme Court of USA
March 20, 2006

Rebecca’s Supreme Court Decoration Notes

Ceiling Notes

• 25 red boxes on ceiling.
• 4 flowers in each box (flowers weren’t always in the same pattern)
• 100 total flowers in red boxes
• 84 little white boxes on ceiling
• 40 long white flowers in 20 blue boxes on ceiling
• Blue squares w/ flowers in each of 4 corners
• 6 lights in blue boxes on ceiling
• 30 little blue boxes with white flowers (not counting corners or lights) in total

Other Notes

• In mural above justices, there were 30 people total
• Facing towards front of court room on left, the mural has only 15 people in total
• 24 pillars total

1 comment:

Dipartimento Scienze Penalistiche-Parma/Italy said...

Allow the University of Parma to mention a small contribution to a theory of confrontation from the other side of the Atlantic

S. MAffei, The European Right to Confrontation in Criminal Proceedings, Europa LAw Publishing, 2006