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Scenes Outside the U.S. Supreme Court – Pic(s) of the Week

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The following is a guest post by Debora Keysor, a Senior Legal Reference Specialist in the Law Library of Congress.  Debbie has previously blogged about PACER and Supreme Court Records and Briefs.

The nation’s capital was once again the place to be, but not for the Cherry Blossoms this week.  Thousands of people descended on Capitol Hill to brave a spring snowstorm and cold temperatures to witness history being made.

A cold, messy business: Folks camped out early Monday in front of the Court during a rare Spring snow storm in hopes of snagging a ticket to hear arguments this week.

The Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments for two high-profile gay marriage cases this week.  Both cases could result in landmark decisions, which may be out as soon as this summer.  On Tuesday, March 26, 2013, the Court heard arguments in the California Proposition 8 case, Hollingsworth v. Perry, Docket # 12-144.  You can either listen to or read the arguments for free online. The audio recording and transcript of the oral arguments are available.

Snow has melted, but campers still braving the cold for second day of arguments at Supreme Court

On Wednesday, the Court heard arguments in the federal Defense of Marriage Act, United States v. Windsor, Docket # 12-307. The audio recording and transcript of the oral arguments are now available. Records and briefs in both cases, “Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 cases,” are also available.

Press secure front row sidewalk seats

All in all, it was about the busiest it has been in front of the Supreme Court since the show outside last June.

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