As promised, the audio is posted today of David Mills’s arguing in Supreme Court and it is actually pretty good, (transcript here. if like me, you like to follow along and I’ve got to be the only one). So yeah I’ll be the old lady in the Alzheimers unit listening to court cases on my big outdated ipod. Not really far from now. oh god.
Anyway, 33 year old Mills starts off by greeting the Chief Justice and the court, states just one introductory sentence which takes all of 23 seconds then is immediately bombarded with questions that don’t let up.
So, in just under 27 minutes, he is asked over 40 questions by most of the justices about his case varying from, “what are you even saying,why are you here, I don’t understand you” type to specific questions pertaining to fact of law.
Then it’s the not so confident sounding respondent’s turn to argue their side (and he really gets it from them). The trial was about sexual and physical abuse of a female prisoner by a prison guard, but the case at this level is more about procedure, power and jurisdiction of circuit courts surrounding the 7th amendment. While it will be a while for the decision, it’s interesting to peak in at the process of how rule of law is potentially changed that will affect cases at the trial level.
I know I’m going to listen to this but PLEASE tell me it’s Scalia making all the “I don’t understand” questions.
Right? He’s so combative, and at one point he interrupts a perfectly good and important answer, and quickly declares, “It’s never going to be any better than what you assumed.” …all unprovoked and in response to nothing at all. My new motto.
i want to be part of this.
Good hustle Friday, your in.
Now, let’s see how far I can get with this idea before someone stops me. Keep in mind: the gold fish I won legit at a local shady carnival ring toss, on two separate occasions, did jump out of the bowl effectively committing suicide.