Turner v. Rogers: Details on Oral Arguments

Another quick update on the pending case Turner v. Rogers, No. 10-10 before the United States Supreme Court.

Yesterday, in a list of orders, the Court set forth the following with regards to oral arguments:

10-10  TURNER, MICHAEL D. V. ROGERS, REBECCA L., ET AL. The motion of the Acting Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument is granted, and the time is divided as follows:  30 minutes for the petitioner, 10 minutes for the Acting Solicitor General, and 30 minutes for the respondents.

Those following the case might know that the Acting Solicitor General filed an amicus brief urging the Court to reverse South Carolina’s rejection of a right to appointed counsel. It’ll be interesting to see how this new development affects oral arguments. As a Saturday post on SCOTUSblog illustrates, the Solicitor General tends to enjoy a unique advantage at the Court. On a somewhat related note, there is apparently a reply to Respondents’ merit brief that was submitted to the Court by Petitioner on Friday. So far I haven’t been able to get ahold of the doc, but if I do I’ll be sure to report back!

-Zachary Cloud

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