Reporting on the Supreme Court

As I typed the title above, it occurred to me how confusing the designation “Supreme Court” might be to a lot of people. Because we are replete with Supreme Courts. My own case against the Skush-O’Briens is in Supreme Court. And New York State’s highest court is called “Supreme.”

I suppose somebody should further qualify “Supreme Court.” We could have Lowest Supreme, or even Less Than Supreme and then, instead of the next-step-up Appellate Division courts, how about More Supreme or Higher Supreme or Son of Supreme or even Supremer.

But I am wandering because I’ve been up since 4:30 attempting to mitigate or control the incessant spurt of hot water that came out of my radiator valve and managed to soak the carpet and floor by the time I noticed. I spent the entire morning until 8:30 or so (when the plumber arrived) piling my entire rag collection around the spurt and then, after I filled two huge garbage bags with remarkably heavy wet rags, I began putting cups under the spurt but the cups filled to the brim every two minutes, so I was running back and forth. And me without any sleep.

While I was waiting for the plumber, though, I read an article in the Atlantic about a man named Tom Goldstein, an appellate lawyer (whose career has been rather unusual) who, aside from litigating cases before the Supreme Court (the BIG Supreme Court, the last and highest court in the land), has a blog called SCOTUSblog which, according to Stephanie Mencimer, the writer of the piece, “has grown into the Court’s leading chronicler. In other words, he runs a a Web site that covers the very body he argues cases in front of.”

The piece, “The Court Crasher,” starts on page 28 of the November Atlantic. Stephanie Mencimer is a staff writer at the now-very-hot-and-deservedly-famous investigative magazine, Mother Jones (which released the Mitt Romney “47 percent” secret video). And here’s the link to SCOTUSblog, just so all of us can keep up with critically important court proceedings in this most critical of all courts.

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