Constitutional Faces: Valerie Newman, who argued in Lafler v. Cooper

August 17th, 2012

Here is how she described her experiences:

  “It was not a pleasant experience,” she said. “… I tell people the experience felt to me like there were nine lions, even though Justice Thomas never talked, and I was the piece of meat that was thrown into the ring and they were just all scratching at me to see who could get the biggest piece.” . . .

“I thought Justice Scalia, if he could, would have reached over the bench and strangled me,” Newman said. “That’s how visibly distraught he was at my argument. And even the justices I thought would be on my side, like Justice Breyer, Justice Breyer yelled at me at one point.”