June 29, 2006
Record length opinions?
I will always remembers that all the Booker opinions ran 124 pages on the SCOTUS official website (including the syllabus) and that the Blakely opinion were a merciful 57 pages. I now see that today's Hamdan opinions addressing war crime tribunals is a full 185 pages (and is now available here), while even Clark on the insanity defense gets 70 pages (and is now available here).
I have often told students that Furman (which had nine separate opinions) is the longest decision in Supreme Court history, though I've never done a word-count. I suspect that Hamdan might make the top 5 for length. Happy reading.
June 29, 2006 at 11:25 AM | Permalink
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FYI, when you print out Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. 393 (1856), on Westlaw, it runs 146 pages.
Posted by: doug | Jun 29, 2006 12:54:34 PM