Why Do I Have Feeling....

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: Mar 02, 2006 7:30 AM

That if Justice Scalia had dozed during oral arguments, it would be the lede of this story instead of the 16th paragraph:

The subject matter was extremely technical, and near the end of the argument Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dozed in her chair. Justices David Souter and Samuel Alito, who flank the 72-year-old, looked at her but did not give her a nudge.

If it had been Scalia, we'd be treated to a whole week of "what is the impact?" stories, like "Professor: Falling Asleep Common Among Originalist Justices" and "Senate Democrats Make Case for Age Limits for Justices Appointed by Republicans." Luckily, it was Ginsburg, so we'll be spared that.