Oral arguments were heard today in Norfolk in the case of Bostic v Rainey. I was there for most of the arguments. I’ll have more thoughts on it but I saw this drawing on WAVY and thought I’d share. The drawing, though, doesn’t do justice to what it felt like for me in that courtroom.
This was the first time I’d ever been in this courtroom and it was quite imposing. I’d have loved to have been a fly on the wall, seeing the room from the judge’s perspective.
I didn’t realize, until I read this article, that the judge had considered not having oral arguments. I don’t know what that means in the big scheme of things – after all, aren’t the oral arguments just a summary of the ones made on paper? – but I’m guessing we’ll find out soon enough.