Monday, May 03, 2004


I was very suprised to hear of Justice Souter's assault. But readers of Slate should be especially alarmed. Check out this April 27 Dahlia Lithwick piece (3 days before the assault):

"The Supreme Court is now regularly releasing audio transcripts of oral argument in 'big' cases; that is, the cases for which the big news organizations request audio transcripts. I can't see a downside to doing this for every case: It improves the press corps' reporting, listeners are engaged, and the process hasn't morphed the justices into nine lunatic Judge Lance Itos. Justice David Souter can still walk the D.C. streets unmolested, and the public can start to understand who these justices really are."

I think the only appropriate response is: oops! (from How Appealing)

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