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U.S. high court: Never mind the 9. Meet the 36 SCOTUS clerks

Reuters, June 15, 2012

With a ruling expected soon in the landmark U.S. healthcare case, Supreme Court watchers have scoured the landscape for clues about how the nine justices will vote. But they left one stone unturned. Make that 36. That is the number of law clerks who serve the justices, do their research, help draft their opinions and exert a not insignificant influence on their thinking. But reviews of the clerks' resumes and interviews with their former employers and colleagues —and yes, even their parents—shed light on their personalities and predilections and, in a few instances, their possible healthcare politics.