Two questions have been haunting U.S. Supreme Court watchers this winter: Why has the caseload dropped to a historic low, and why are the justices suddenly seeking media exposure like Paris Hilton?

The causes underlying these phenomena can be debated, but there’s no denying the connection between them. The only real question is whether the justices are hearing fewer cases so they can do more television, or doing more television because they have no cases left to hear.