Confirmation Bias

The Georgetown Law Journal Online, Vol. 106, No. 1 (2017): 25-32

8 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2018

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Patrick Barry

University of Michigan Law School

Date Written: April 2017

Abstract

Supreme Court confirmation hearings are vapid. Supreme Court confirmation hearings are pointless. Supreme Court confirmation hearings are harmful to a citizenry already cynical about government. Sentiments like these have been around for decades and are bound to resurface each time a new nomination is made. This essay, however, takes a different view. It argues that Supreme Court confirmation hearings are a valuable form of cultural expression, one that provides a unique record of, as the theater critic Martin Esslin might say, a nation thinking about itself in public.

Keywords: Supreme Court, Confirmation Hearings, Clarence Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor, Sandra Day O'Connor

JEL Classification: K1

Suggested Citation

Barry, Patrick James, Confirmation Bias (April 2017). The Georgetown Law Journal Online, Vol. 106, No. 1 (2017): 25-32. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3171024

Patrick James Barry (Contact Author)

University of Michigan Law School ( email )

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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1215
United States
734.763.2276 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: https://www.law.umich.edu/FacultyBio/Pages/FacultyBio.aspx?FacID=barrypj

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