RBG Is First Among Equals… at Oral Arguments, That Is


Ok, so the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court aren’t exactly equal. They sit, talk at conference, and even read aloud their majority opinions according to seniority.

But they’re equal in that each vote ultimately counts the same.

And among those equals, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is first… at asking questions at oral arguments, that is.

In 69 arguments at the high court this term, Ginsburg asked the first question in 35 of them. That’s just over 50 percent of the time.

The next closest justice is Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. He kicked off questioning in eight cases.

 Justices at Oral Argument

So the next time someone asks if the 83-year-old justice is up to the task of serving on the highest court in the land, you let them know Justice Ginsburg might have a question or two for them, too.

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