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February 05, 2010



What an interesting story and it seems that it has had a quite an impact on Justice Clarence Thomas even after all these years.

Jill Smith

There was a bankruptcy case out of the Eighth Circuit (?) in which the petitioner, a lawyer, also argued on his own behalf at the Supreme Court.

At the outset, he referred to himself as "The Petitioner," upon which Justice O'Connor interjected "Petitioner? That's you, isn't it?" upon which the lawyer gamely switched to refering to himself, directly.

So, referring to yourself as "Petitioner" during oral argument does not always work.

Great story, Tony. My belated and humble congratulations to "the petitioner."

Darren McKinney

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