Supreme Court litigants' personal stories usually take a back seat to momentous constitutional issues. In the Pledge case, however, Michael Newdow's tangled tale remains front and center -- partly because his custody dispute is key to whether he has standing to challenge the Pledge, and also due to his insistence that he should present the case. His demeanor could lead the justices to appoint someone else to argue for him -- but his solitary persistence has paid off so far.
The Man Behind the Pledge Case
November 10, 2003