Where Discretion is the Better Part of Valor

Chayes, Abraham
October 1955
New Republic;10/17/55, Vol. 133 Issue 16, p8
The article focuses on the system of justice in the United States. Each year on the first Monday in October, the crier intones his traditional chant; the Justices of the Supreme Court take their seats for the first time in over three months; squadrons of attorneys, each having paid his $25 fee to bask for a moment in the benign geniality of the Chief Justice, are admitted to practice at the bar of the Court; and the Court then retires for another week. Yet the observer should not be too ready to see in all this an anachronistic deliberateness on a par with the tradition which puts the opening of the Court's daily sessions at twelve noon.


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