Monday, November 14, 2011

Five and a half hours of argument

Perhaps I have misread the order, but it looks as if the Court has set aside five and a half hours for oral argument: 90 minutes for the issues raised in both the NFIB and Florida petitions, 2 hours for the U.S. petition, 1 hour for the AIA issue, and 1 hour for Question 1 in Florida's petition (the constitutionality of the Medicaid amendments). This probably means it will take up two full days on the argument calendar, perhaps March 27 and 28. Not quite what happened for McCulloch (which I think was a whole week of argument), but as close as we have come in a long while.