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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Wanted: Trial Experience

The Framers probably assumed that the Chief Justice would have trial experience when they made him the presiding officer for a Senate impeachment trial of a president. This assumption held for Chief Justice Chase and Chief Justice Rehnquist. As far as I know, though, Chief Justice Roberts has never tried a case or participated in a trial. (He did not, for instance, clerk for a Federal District Court judge.) This means that the upcoming trial will be his first. Good luck.

Posted by Gerard Magliocca on October 24, 2019 at 09:31 PM | Permalink


To paraphrase Clemenceau, an impeachment trial is to ordinary trials as military music is to music.

Posted by: PaulB | Oct 25, 2019 2:03:01 PM

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