Friday, April 1, 2011
What passes for legal celebrity news:
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia seemed unusually subdued at the beginning of arguments Tuesday in Wal-Mart v. Dukes, waiting until the second half-hour – page 29 of the 56-page transcript — to ask his first question of the day. He is usually dominating the discussion well before that point.
Now a possible explanation has emerged: he had been in a car accident in Virginia just over an hour earlier while driving into work. News accounts called it minor, but it must have been unsettling; it involved four cars, and Scalia's own car was towed away, according to a Washington Post account. The accident occurred just before 9 a.m., and he was on the bench by 10.
Here’s the link to the story.