Does the shape of the Supreme Court’s bench affect oral argument?

In Chief Justice Burger and the Bench: How Physically Changing the Shape of the Court’s Bench Reduced Interruptions during Oral Argument, ___ Journal of Supreme Court History ___ (Mar. 2018), Ryan Black, Timothy Johnson and Ryan Owen report on their empiricial study which concludes that the change from a straight bench to a curved bench improved oral arguments because justices were less likely to interrupt each other. — Joe

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