As President Barack Obama introduced Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the nation as his Supreme Court nominee, Justice Antonin Scalia, sitting on the high court bench, read parts of a 5-4 decision overruling a 23-year-old precedent barring police from initiating interrogation of a defendant once he or she has asked for a lawyer at an arraignment or a similar proceeding. It was business as usual for the justices Tuesday, but also a reminder of the importance of one vote on a Court closely divided in key areas of law.
As Nominee Is Announced, High Court Issues Police Interrogation Ruling, Two Others
The National Law Journal
May 27, 2009