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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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Say Professor,
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

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