Chief Justice: Court Asks Too Many Questions
John Roberts says justices 'overdo it a bit'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 29, 2013 11:48 AM CDT
Chief Justice John Roberts.   (Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – Chief Justice John Roberts says he and his colleagues have become too aggressive in questioning lawyers who argue before the Supreme Court. Roberts says the justices "overdo it a bit" in posing questions to lawyers without giving the attorneys the chance to respond. The chief justice says one reason is that the justices have not discussed the case among themselves before the argument. Instead, they use the typically hour-long session to debate each other through the lawyers. Roberts, who spoke today at a conference of judges and lawyers in West Virginia, suggested lawyers not even try to respond to rapid-fire questions. Clarence Thomas, who is definitely not guilty of the charge, has made a similar point.

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Jun 30, 2013 11:09 PM CDT
The US Supreme court is stacked against the average case placating before the court for justice. There is no justice doled out. It is all political theater. All bull shit. Pick and choose which way for the final say so should fall. One time here for the left, one time here for the right. Oughta have term limits for these politicians too.
Jun 30, 2013 11:13 AM CDT
" Chief Justice: Court Asks Too Many Questions . " Grammatically speaking ....... 1 . The court asks to many questions 2 . They could also ask two questions , not may . 3 , They could also ask many questions too .What are we paying journalists for , If they can't get grammar corr4ect , how the 'F' did they receive a degree ? .
Jun 30, 2013 10:15 AM CDT
If corporations are people,[ citizens united ruling ] why are corporations getting special tax breaks and benefits and corperate welfare.