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A look back at Court's arguments on healthcare, laughs included

The New York Times, June 28, 2012

The Supreme Court's momentous decision on the fate of President Obama's health care law is likely to be dry, sober, weighty and self-conscious about its place in constitutional history. The arguments in the case, held exactly three months ago, were something else entirely. They illuminated the work of a court that takes a distinctively loose and even lighthearted approach to adjudication. A timely new study, based on an impressively detailed review of the transcripts and audio recordings, revealed an exceptionally garrulous and jocular bench.