Visitor’s Guide to Oral Argument

law argumentIt is also useful to see what’s going on in other instances whilst you wait. See if the judge is taking notes or is in any other case engaged.

Unless the Court directs otherwise, all sides is allowed one-half hour for argument. Counsel isn’t required to make use of all of the allotted time.

So extraordinary, so anti-judicial is each factor upon the information in this case of the Antelope, that the Supreme Court actually did not know what was the query upon which the judges of the Circuit Court had been opposed in opinion–they supposed it was, whether the Africans not directed to be delivered to the Spanish claimants should be delivered by the marshal to the United States, completely and unconditionally, to be disposed of according to law, that is, to be liberated and despatched residence; or whether it must be imposed on the United States, as a situation precedent to their supply, that the United States should pay to the marshal his declare for bills, on the price of sixteen cents a day for every African, (for a number of years) in the ratio of the number to be delivered to the United States. Vice Consul ought to be lowered from 166 to ninety three; and that number was still to be decreased by the rateable loss, which the clerk of the District Court had reported to be 30. And all the rest, by the decree of the Supreme Court, were to be liberated. If, then, the … Read More

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