In the same week that a big chunk of marble fell from the front facade of the Supreme Court, a panel of heavyweight thinkers convened to contemplate what would happen if all nine justices were to be killed at once. Speakers had Sept. 11 and Tom Clancy-type scenarios in mind, not architectural malfunctions. But whatever the cause, the questions are substantial, and the solutions elusive. For the presidency, there's a clear line of succession. But for the Court, it's the nine robed ones or no one.
Imagining a Doomsday Scenario for the Supreme Court
December 5, 2005