Clients do the strangest things — even at the Supreme Court level. Two cases set for argument this fall might be bumped from the calendar because of unusual developments beyond the control of the lawyers involved.

In one case, it turns out the client died more than two years ago, well before his lawyers petitioned the high court for review. More than a little awkward, but lawyers have filed what is called a “suggestion of death” informing the Court and asking that the petitioner’s widow be substituted in the case to allow it to proceed.

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