Bloomberg Law
Dec. 15, 2020, 9:45 AM

Time’s Up Is Refrain as Supreme Court Chafes at Remote Arguments

Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson
Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson

Justice Samuel Alito had a lot to say and not much time to say it during the Supreme Court’s remote argument on counting undocumented immigrants as part of the census.

“I have two questions that are important to me,” Alito said. “I hope I’m going to be able to squeeze them both in in my time.”

He didn’t.

After nearly three minutes, Chief Justice John Roberts interjected to say it was time to move on. Alito kept going for another minute—a lifetime in Supreme Court time—before ceding the virtual floor to Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

The exchange was one sign of ...

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