Including Ted Olson:
Ari Ezra Waldman adds:
While the media have already taken to Twitter and their own websites to predict that this or that question from Justice Kennedy means that he will make this or that decision, those predictions often fall far south of meaningful. Any lawyer who has argued before a “hot bench” — namely, active questioners — knows that sometimes, especially in politically charged environments, judges of all stripes challenge both sides. In fact, a study of decades of Supreme Court arguments based on the number of hostile questions a given justice asked a given party showed no statistically significant correlation with that justice’s ultimate decision in the case (notably, there was a statistically significant relationship found between softball questions and a favorable decision).