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Author Malphurs, Ryan A., 1980-

Title Rhetoric and discourse in Supreme Court oral arguments : sensemaking in judicial decisions / by Ryan A. Malphurs
Published New York : Routledge, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (xxi, 224 pages)
Series Routledge studies in rhetoric and communication ; no. 13
Routledge studies in rhetoric and communication ; no. 13
Contents 1. A letter to the Chief Justice of the United States -- 2. Historical development of legal rhetoric and Supreme Court oral arguments -- 3. Do oral arguments before the Supreme Court Matter? A simple explanation -- 4. New question : oral arguments "matter," but how do we make sense of them? A modest proposal -- 5. Critical theories and research questions : proposing a method to capture the madness of oral arguments / 6. The many faces of oral argument : oral argument's purposes and the Justices' styles -- 7. Arguing about "bong hits 4 Jesus" : testing theory and method in Morse v. Frederick -- 8. Making sense of child rapists in Kennedy v. Louisiana : a firsthand observation -- 9. Historical repercussions of judicial sensemaking : District of Columbia v. Dick Anthony Heller -- 10. The ground covered and new ground to uncover : responding to critics, offering recommendations, and a final letter to the Chief Justice -- 11. Biased sensemaking : compromising the court's rhetorical authority
Summary While legal scholars, psychologists, and political scientists commonly voice their skepticism over the influence oral arguments have on the Court's voting pattern, this book offers a contrarian position focused on close scrutiny of the justices' communication within oral arguments. Malphurs examines the rhetoric, discourse, and subsequent decision-making within the oral arguments for significant Supreme Court cases, visiting their potential power and danger and revealing the rich dynamic nature of the justices' interactions among themselves and the advocates. In addition to offering advance
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Subject United States. Supreme Court -- Decision making
United States. Supreme Court.
Forensic orations -- United States
Law -- United States -- Language
Oral pleading -- United States
Decision making.
Forensic orations.
LAW -- Government -- Federal.
Law -- Language.
Oral pleading.
United States.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1136182292