The Holmeses at the Supreme Court

Holmes Reads Holmes: Reflections on the Real-Life Links Between the Jurist and the Detective in the Library, In the Courtroom, And on the Battlefield (The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd., 2020)

15 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2021

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Ross E. Davies

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty; The Green Bag

Date Written: March 21, 2021

Abstract

When Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., the famous real-life lawyer, arrived at the U.S. Supreme Court in 1902, he brought with him -- consciously or not, I do not know which -- Sherlock Holmes, the famous fictional detective. After that, Sherlock Holmes began appearing in many context involving the Supreme Court and individual Justices. This is a survey of those Holmesian-Sherlockian developments during the first three-and-a-half decades of the 20th century.

Keywords: New York Times, The Atlantic, Theodore Roosevelt, Postmaster, Post Office, Billings Brown, Brewer, Douglass White, Peckham, McKenna, Harlan, Fuller, Hughes, Brandeis, Wilson, Pinchot, Ballinger, Taft, Wickersham, Roberts, Sanford, Watson, Conan Doyle

Suggested Citation

Davies, Ross E., The Holmeses at the Supreme Court (March 21, 2021). Holmes Reads Holmes: Reflections on the Real-Life Links Between the Jurist and the Detective in the Library, In the Courtroom, And on the Battlefield (The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd., 2020), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3809390

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