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Interesting Facts You Learn From Reading Supreme Court Opinions

Dave Hoffman

Dave Hoffman is a James E. Beasley Professor of Law at Temple Law School. He specializes in law and psychology, contracts, and quantitative analysis of civil procedure. He currently teaches contracts, civil procedure, corporations, and law and economics.

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  1. Anon321 says:

    Another interesting colloquy from the oral argument:

    JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR: In short, faded hair cuts and gold teeth were not a unique characteristic.
    MR. SHANMUGAM: They were not uncommon in the 1990s.
    JUSTICE SCALIA: What were these -
    (Laughter.)
    JUSTICE SCALIA: They are uncommon to me.
    {Laughter.)
    JUSTICE SCALIA: These — these were not gold teeth that were implanted, right? Was it some kind of a mouthpiece of gold?
    MR. SHANMUGAM: I have to admit that my familiarity with this practice is perhaps not that much greater than yours, Justice Scalia. But my understanding is -
    JUSTICE SCALIA: I’m sorry to hear that.
    MR. SHANMUGAM: My understanding is that these are gold teeth that are worn either as temporary or perhaps semi-permanent implants, and that in hip-hop culture in the 1990s this was relatively common. But whatever the provenance of this practice, it is undisputed on this record that multiple other suspects had those characteristics.

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