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Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Do Justices Tip Their Hands with Questions at Oral Argument in the U.S. Supreme Court?


Timothy R. Johnson


University of Minnesota

Ryan C. Black


Michigan State University - Department of Political Science

Jerry Goldman


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Sarah Treul


affiliation not provided to SSRN

April 6, 2009

Washington University Journal of Law & Policy, Vol. 29, 2009

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This paper tests whether Supreme Court justices tip their hands at oral arguments. Specifically, we test whether, when justices ask more questions of one side, that side is more likely to lose their case. The findings support the theory; namely, when justices ask more questions of the petitioner's attorney the Court is significantly less likely to reverse the lower court decision.

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Date posted: April 10, 2009 ; Last revised: May 21, 2009

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Johnson, Timothy R. and Black, Ryan C. and Goldman, Jerry and Treul, Sarah, Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Do Justices Tip Their Hands with Questions at Oral Argument in the U.S. Supreme Court? (April 6, 2009). Washington University Journal of Law & Policy, Vol. 29, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1373965

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Timothy R. Johnson (Contact Author)
University of Minnesota ( email )
Department of Political Science
1414 Social Sciences, 267 19th Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0410
United States
Ryan C. Black
Michigan State University - Department of Political Science ( email )
East Lansing, MI 48824
United States
HOME PAGE: http://ryancblack.org
Jerry Goldman
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Sarah Treul
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