Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Do Justices Tip Their Hands with Questions at Oral Argument in the U.S. Supreme Court?
Washington University Journal of Law & Policy, Vol. 29, 2009
51 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2009 Last revised: 21 May 2009
Date Written: April 6, 2009
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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