Law: Inside the High Court

After a decade, it is Burger's in name only

When the nine Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court meet to discuss and vote on cases on Friday mornings, they begin with 'he simple ritual of shaking hands. Then they sit down to decide on some of the nation's most sensitive, sometimes most divisive issues. No reporter, no lobbyist, no aide, not even a messenger is allowed in the paneled conference room. The Justices are left alone to argue the law, their principles, their consciences. Theirs is not an abstract debate: comfortably hazy concepts like...

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