Attorney and former law clerk Sri Srinivasan has analyzed the questioning patterns of the 77 oral arguments that took place during the Supreme Court’s 2009-2010 term. He has identified the justices who spoke first, longest, and most often. The figures exclude Justice Clarence Thomas, who usually asks no questions.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg asked the first question most often (20 times), while Justice John Paul Stevens asked the first question only once. Justice Antonin Scalia asked the most questions, averaging more than 15 per argument. Justice Stephen Breyer, a former law professor known for his complicated hypotheticals, asked the longest questions.
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