How Impartial Are U.S. Supreme Court Judges?

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 3:24pm

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U.S. Supreme Court justices.

Judges are supposed to be impartial. But because they’re human beings, they occasionally bring their own thoughts and maybe even biases to a case every now and then. Even U.S. Supreme Court Justices can be affected — they are selected and approved by politicians, after all.

But a recent paper put together by law professors Tonja Jacobi of Northwestern University and Matthew Sag of Loyola University says the issue of justices acting as advocates is a growing trend.

The paper, published in The Notre Dame Law Review, is titled "The New Oral Argument: Justices as Advocates."

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