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Old 12-02-2012, 8:58 PM
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Originally Posted by wildhawker View Post
Is it your implication that oral arguments are usually not (or never) determinative in federal courts of appeals, particularly when dealing with constitutional questions?

-Brandon
Yes, of course. While the United States legal system is derived from that of the British commonwealth and its oral adversarial traditions, I think you will find almost universal agreement among practicing attorneys today that written briefs usually determine the outcome of cases in modern courts, particularly appellate courts considering constitutional questions.