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Oral Arguments Before the Supreme CourtAn Empirical Approach$
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Lawrence Wrightsman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195368628

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368628.001.0001

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The Idiosyncratic Nature of Justices’ Behavior during Oral Arguments

The Idiosyncratic Nature of Justices’ Behavior during Oral Arguments

(p.85) 5 The Idiosyncratic Nature of Justices’ Behavior during Oral Arguments
Oral Arguments Before the Supreme Court

Lawrence S. Wrightsman

Oxford University Press

This chapter illustrates the unique nature of questions from the different justices currently on the Court. Using the Big Five approach to personality description (extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, open-mindedness, negative affect), it classifies justices on the basis of their individualized personality clusters and provides examples through their questions and comments during the oral arguments. An attempt is made to explain why Justice Thomas does not ask questions during the oral arguments.

Keywords:   extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, open-mindedness, negative affect, Justice Thomas, Big Five, personality clusters

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