Most important Supreme Court decision in a decade? Probably, but only because Bush v. Gore was just outside the threshold. Can you even begin to imagine what an Al Gore presidency would have looked like?
Most important Supreme Court decision for the next decade? Absolutely.
No wonder people are crawling over one another to get a seat in the room for oral arguments.
The central issue is whether the law’s requirement that most Americans carry insurance or pay a fee violates the Constitution.
People not in the courtroom during arguments will have to rely on secondhand reports on lawyers’ arguments—and justice questions—until the official audio recordings are released at week’s end.
In general, court officials said, most seats are reserved for members of the Supreme Court bar, court staff, the dueling parties, tickets controlled by the justices themselves—about nine apiece—tickets controlled by court officers and the media.
Usually, at least 50 seats are reserved for people waiting in line. Others can wait in a separate line for a three-minute glimpse of the proceedings.