One by one, different segments of the bar have gotten the message in recent years: The Supreme Court is a scary place to be — a place where novices, more often than not, should fear to tread.

That is, all segments but one: the criminal defense bar, where individuality and swagger persist, and where solo newbies hold to the romantic notion that if they can conquer a hometown jury, they can work the same charm on the nine justices of the nation’s highest court.

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