It was Oct. 31, and the Supreme Court was deep into a dense oral argument on the subject of state sovereignty and bankruptcy. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was in the middle of asking a question. Suddenly a shot rang out -- or so it seemed. A rare moment of high court confusion ensued, as Court police moved toward the bench. Chief Justice John Roberts called it "a trick they play on new chief justices all the time." But Justice Stephen Breyer was the first to render his verdict on what had happened.
A Halloween Spooking at the Supreme Court
November 7, 2005