Word of Mouth
Thu June 28, 2012
#SCOTUS Scholar Breaks it Down
Working in a newsroom when you know a story is about to break can make for an exciting morning…today, of course, it’s been all about the supreme court’s health care decision.
While the anticipation about the court’s ruling on "Obamacare" was a nailbiter for citizens and journalists, it no doubt played quite differently inside the cloistered chambers of the nation’s highest court. It was back in March that the justices heard three days of heated arguments on both sides of the law, which, for the record, is actually called “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”
This got us wondering…what’s been happening in the months since those hearings? And how has the Supreme Court managed to keep their decision so secret in a city better known for its leaks and insider-chatter? On the line to give us some insight is Peter Irons. He’s Professor Emeritus of Political Science at UC San Diego and the author of thirteen books on justice and the Supreme Court, including May It Please the Court and A People's History of the Supreme Court.