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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor broke a new rule for justices Wednesday as the court heard arguments in an immigration and employment case.
Jumping in to ask a question, Sotomayor broke the “two minute rule” that allows attorneys before the court to begin arguments for two minutes without being interrupted by a justice. The new rule was implemented as the new Supreme Court term began last week, CNN reported.
The article goes on to state the following:
Chief Justice John Roberts stepped in and said the lawyer speaking could address Sotomayor’s question later, according to CNN.
In early October, Bloomberg explained the new rule as follows:
The U.S. Supreme Court will give lawyers a little more breathing room to get their arguments out, at least at first, at least in theory, according to an announcement from the high court ahead of the new term’s start on Oct. 7.
The justices “generally will not question” lawyers during the first two minutes of their arguments, according to new guidance from the court.
Though seemingly benign, the shift announced Oct. 3 in the Guide for Counsel arguing before the court is notable because, at times in recent years, it has been difficult for advocates to get a word in edgewise as they’re bombarded with questions from the justices.
Justice Sotomayor is the first to violate new #SCOTUS rule giving advocates 2 minutes of uninterrupted time, interrupting the respondent in the immigration preemption case Kansas v. Garcia. https://t.co/rqjxScvHZQ
— Kimberly Robinson (@KimberlyRobinsn) October 16, 2019
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) October 17, 2019
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