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Old 03-02-2006, 08:46 PM
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I hope she didn't drool on the bench of the highest court in the land.

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Snorer in the court? Ruth Bader Ginsburg snoozes
Justice dozes off during political redistricting hearing, colleagues let her sleep
Posted: March 1, 2006
11:54 p.m. Eastern


2006 WorldNetDaily.com


Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Was it a case of dreaming of a better America, napping on the job, or just being asleep at the switch?

Serving on the highest court in the land is apparently a tiring affair for at least one Supreme Court justice who caught 40 winks on the bench, literally.

According to the Associated Press, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg snoozed during testimony today over political redistricting in Texas.

"The subject matter was extremely technical," notes AP writer Gina Holland, "and near the end of the argument Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dozed in her chair."

During a report by Megyn Kendall of Fox News, an artist's sketch of the hearing was aired with Ginsburg's head using the bench as a pillow.

There was no word if there was any audible snoring echoing through the esteemed chamber, but the sleep session was noticed by Bader's colleagues who made a snap judgment to let their associate continue her slumber.

"Justices David Souter and Samuel Alito, who flank the 72-year-old, looked at her but did not give her a nudge," writes Holland.

The incident caught the attention of Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, who writes:

"At first, she appeared to be reading something in her lap. But after a while, it became clear: Ginsburg was napping on the bench. By Bloomberg News's reckoning -- not denied by a court spokeswoman -- Ginsburg's snooze lasted a quarter of an hour.

"It's lucky for Ginsburg that the Supreme Court has so far refused to allow television in the courtroom, for her visit to the land of nod would have found its way onto late-night shows."

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Old 03-02-2006, 08:58 PM
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"It's lucky for Ginsburg that the Supreme Court has so far refused to allow television in the courtroom, for her visit to the land of nod would have found its way onto late-night shows."
Too bad, if it was televised at least she could get some TIVO replay action going.
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Old 03-02-2006, 08:59 PM
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Just be grateful that at 72, she's not running around toothless yelling at municipal park birch trees.

Are Supreme Court justices subject to a mandatory retirement age? Or is the cessation of breathing a prerequisite to retirement?
I'm not getting on her case, the court drawing is hilarious she was sacked.

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Old 03-02-2006, 09:03 PM
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I'm not getting on her case, the court drawing is hilarious she was sacked.

Looks like she's going down on Wesley Clark.

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Old 03-02-2006, 09:35 PM
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Makes one wonder what they wear under those robes.
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Old 03-03-2006, 02:54 AM
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I'm sure glad I don't have to sit still and listen to some of that crap and have to stay awake.

Likwise Congress. Cruel and unusual punishment.
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Old 03-03-2006, 07:01 AM
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I'm sure glad I don't have to sit still and listen to some of that crap and have to stay awake.

Likwise Congress. Cruel and unusual punishment.
It was only a redistricting case in Texas.
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Old 03-03-2006, 11:15 AM
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Well she obviously should be staying awake, but havnig been in court many times, I can say the proceedings are often excrutiatingly boring. It's not unuual for jurors to doze off in any kind of trial.

I know that I could never be a judge; no matter how much sleep I got, staying awake would definitely be a problem.

The courtroom drawing is hilarious, though. Was that really on the news?
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Her clerks were there, and I guarantee they weren's sleeping and will write her opinion if she doesn't recuse herself. I have seen a sleeping public defender result in grounds for a retrial and subsequent acquittal of a man charged with murder. I don't think I have seen an actual judge asleep on the bench.
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Old 03-03-2006, 11:53 AM
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Sorry to point it out, but hers is a far too typically irresponsible act of way too many folk who work for the .gov. It happens so often you'd think it part of the job requirements.
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Old 03-03-2006, 11:56 AM
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Yeah, it must happen all the time, since the news is making such a big deal out of the issue.
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Hey where's bone? Here is a good opportunity for a legitimate Clinton shot.
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Old 03-03-2006, 03:01 PM
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If Supreme Court justices have never fallen asleep before, I'm amazed. Especially given the advanced age many of them are at. This is probably only on the news because Supreme Court Justices are so very hated by people with different political views.

Like I said in an earlier post, a Supreme Court Justice *should* stay awake during the proceedings; they do, however, have verbatim transcripts to look at later.

And isn't it worse when a juror falls asleep? Most of the trials I've been at involve murders, child molesters, corrupt cops, and other fairly major things, and at most of those trials at least one juror, and normally more than one, dozed off on one or more occasions. Juries do not get transcripts to look at because they are normally not ready until after the verdict is rendered.
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If Supreme Court justices have never fallen asleep before, I'm amazed. Especially given the advanced age many of them are at. This is probably only on the news because Supreme Court Justices are so very hated by people with different political views.

Like I said in an earlier post, a Supreme Court Justice *should* stay awake during the proceedings; they do, however, have verbatim transcripts to look at later.

And isn't it worse when a juror falls asleep? Most of the trials I've been at involve murders, child molesters, corrupt cops, and other fairly major things, and at most of those trials at least one juror, and normally more than one, dozed off on one or more occasions. Juries do not get transcripts to look at because they are normally not ready until after the verdict is rendered.
Problem is, the Justice doesn't get to ask questions if she falls asleep. I had a juror in a DUI trial spend the remainder of a 2 day trial in jail after falling asleep 1/2 through the first day.

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