Tuesday was a big day at the Supreme Court. They looked at California’s ban on same sex marriages, approved by referendum then overturned by a lower court.
I hope they rule with the California court and allow gay marriages to be performed, but that’s not what this blog post is about.
Did you hear any of the oral arguments? No TV for the Supremes, but they do release audio files. I’ve listened to long segments.
If you’ve never listened to the Supreme Court in action you should. It is not what most of us expect from a court.
By the time a case gets to the Supreme Court the guilt, innocence, liability, etc has already been decided. The court looks at the law itself rather than what actually happened. All the courts rulings reflect the justice’s individual interpretations of the Constitution.¹
Instead of witnesses being called, the justices (except Clarence Thomas who never participates) quiz the attorneys involved. That’s the cool part.
There’s little Justice Alito and I, or Justice Scalia and I agree with, but I love listening to their arguments and pointed questions.
When I listen to Supreme Court arguments I feel proud to be an American. Of course I’m also petrified how the current court will rule on just about everything.
¹ – I know a few attorneys read this. Please help me out with whatever I just got wrong.