'That’s Enough Frivolity': A Not so Funny Countdown of the Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act Oral Arguments
Ryan A. Malphurs
Courtroom Sciences, Inc.
L. Hailey Drescher
University of Kansas; University of Kansas
June 6, 2012
When the United States Supreme Court accepted petitions related to the Affordable Care Act, the Court extended oral arguments in an unprecedented fashion. We suggest the Court structured oral arguments in such a manner to achieve a comprehensive understanding regarding a pressing national and political issue. We studied the justices' interactions within oral arguments across the four cases, and disappointingly learned the justices took as less than fair approach when questioning parties. We provide readers and other scholars with both aggregate findings across cases and findings within individual cases in the appendices, along with a discussion of the most important behavior captured within our study.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 39
Date posted: June 14, 2012 ; Last revised: June 23, 2012
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