Originally Posted by Tincon
Is it your implication that oral arguments are usually (or ever) determinative in United States circuit courts, particularly when dealing with constitutional questions?
You actually did make me chuckle a little.
I'm no expert on such stuff, but some time ago I came to the conclusion that orals at the circuit and SCOTUS levels are mostly window dressing. But they perpetuate the myth that the orals are very important and people are continually suckered.