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Oral Arguments Before the Supreme CourtAn Empirical Approach$
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Lawrence Wrightsman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195368628

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368628.001.0001

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Oral Arguments in a Landmark Case

Oral Arguments in a Landmark Case

(p.105) 6 Oral Arguments in a Landmark Case
Oral Arguments Before the Supreme Court

Lawrence S. Wrightsman

Oxford University Press

The case of Brown v. Board of Education (1954) is used as an example of the role of the oral arguments in deciding a case. A chronology of the case's development is provided. Excerpts from the oral arguments are used to illustrate the thinking of the justices. The impact of the oral arguments on the eventual decision is evaluated.

Keywords:   Brown v. Board of Education, desegregation of schools, Chief Justice Earl Warren, Justice Felix Frankfurter, persuasion

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