Justices Ponder Smoking Centaurs and State Secrets (PODCAST)

Oct. 15, 2021, 8:15 PM

The Supreme Court’s first oral argument sitting of the new term is in the books as the nine-case docket included disputes over state secrets and the Boston Marathon bombing.

The MacArthur Justice Center’s Amir Ali joins Bloomberg Law’s “Cases and Controversies” podcast hosts Kimberly Robinson and Jordan Rubin to talk about what it was like to argue in the high court’s new hybrid, in-person format.

Ali represented the petitioner in Thompson v. Clark, a case about federal civil rights lawsuits that led Justice Samuel Alito to pose a hypothetical about smoking centaurs.

The episode reviews the sitting from Oct. 4 to 13 and also notes the latest developments of President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court commission.

Hosts: Kimberly Robinson and Jordan Rubin

Guest: Amir Ali

Producer: David Schultz

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