ScotusOA took a break from our regular schedule last week to team up with Timothy Johnson and Eve Ringsmuth to write an op-ed for the Washington Post about the impact of the Court’s new two-minute rule. The new guideline that came into effect this Term states that the Justices will “generally” hold their fire during the first two minutes of oral argument, allowing attorneys to have their say in a “quiet zone” before the justices interrupt with their questions and comments.
As we note in the op-ed: “Given that the court heard only nine cases in the first month of the term, any analysis of the effect of the new rule is preliminary. “ Nonetheless, the preliminary results are fascinating! We will leave two of the figures from the op-ed here as a teaser and suggest that readers take in the full piece on the Washington Post website: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/11/01/look-whos-talking-less-supreme-court-justices/
The four of us (Jacobi, Johnson, Ringsmuth, and Sag) plan to follow up with a more robust analysis once we have more data.