If you are going to be inside the U.S. Supreme Court building this morning, there is no doubt that you are in for a legal treat. Today the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in one of the most anticipated cases of the term: Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal Co.
The facts of the case alone are compelling enough to draw a crowd: company gets hit with massive jury verdict, company almost wholly finances the multi-million-dollar campaign of an appellate judge, and once the judge is elected, then the company appeals.
If the justices’ questions about whether such a judge violates due process by refusing to recuse himself from his donor’s case are as lively as they were in yesterday’s DNA evidence case, today’s argument promises to be among the term’s most interesting.
Add the fact that the attorneys on either side of the case present a virtual legal Battle of the Titans: on one side, learned high court litigator Andy Frey from Mayer Brown; on the other, Supreme Court specialist Ted Olson from Gibson Dunn.
Today the court will be filled with everyone from reporters covering the case to students who have been studying the matter (including Prof. George Cochran‘s constitutional law class, which came all the way from the University of Mississippi School of law. DC Dicta had the pleasure of chatting with Prof. Cochran and the students about the case and the Court this past weekend.)
We’ve been watching this case since before certiorari was granted, and we’ll be there today, so stay tuned.