The Supreme Court began the October 2013 term with a new Clerk and a not so good argument.
The new Clerk of the Court, Scott Harris can be seen standing on the left as the Justices take the bench.
The first argument of the new term, an age discrimination case from Illinois, ran into trouble right from the beginning when Justices began to question whether the case should even be before them. The lower circuit court, it seems, should not have ruled before the matter was brought to trial.
The last words from respondent’s lawyer, after being admonished by Justice Scalia, were, “we could have done a better job”.
Lyle Denniston has the story here.