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Town of Greece v. Galloway Oral Argument

Town of Greece v. Galloway Oral Argument

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Oral Argument transcript in Town of Greece v. Galloway before United States Supreme Court on 11/6/2013
Oral Argument transcript in Town of Greece v. Galloway before United States Supreme Court on 11/6/2013

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IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
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 TOWN OF GREECE, NEWYORK, Petitioner : : No. 12-696
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v. :
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SUSAN GALLOWAY, ET AL. : -----------------x
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Washington, D.C. Wednesday, November 6, 2013
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 The above-entitled matter came on for oral
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argument before the Supreme Court of the United States at 10:04 a.m.
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APPEARANCES:
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 THOMAS G. HUNGAR, ESQ., Washington, D.C.; on behalf of Petitioner.
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IAN H. GERSHENGORN, ESQ., Deputy Solicitor General, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.; for United States, as amicus curiae, supporting Petitioner. DOUGLAS LAYCOCK, ESQ., Charlottesville, Virginia; on behalf of Respondents.
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CONTENTS
 
ORAL ARGUMENT OF PAGE
 
 THOMAS G. HUNGAR, ESQ.
 
On behalf of the Petitioner 3
 
ORAL ARGUMENT OF
 
IAN H. GERSHENGORN, ESQ.
 
For United States, as amicus curiae,
 
supporting the Petitioner 19
 
ORAL ARGUMENT OF
 
DOUGLAS LAYCOCK, ESQ.
 
On behalf of the Respondents 29
 
REBUTTAL ARGUMENT OF
 
 THOMAS G. HUNGAR, ESQ.
 
On behalf of the Petitioner 56
 
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PROCEEDINGS
 
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(10:04 a.m.)
 
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CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: We'll hear argument
 
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first this morning in case 12-696, the Town o
 
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Greece v. Galloway.
 
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Mr. Hungar.
 
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ORAL ARGUMENT OF THOMAS G. HUNGAR
 
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ON BEHALF OF THE PETITIONER
 
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MR. HUNGAR: Thank you, Mr. Chief Justice,
 
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and may it please the Court:
 
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 The court of appeals correctly held that the
 
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legislative prayers at issue in this case were not
 
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offensive in the way identified as problematic in Marsh,
 
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but the court then committed legal error by engrafting
 
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the endorsement test onto Marsh as a new barrier to the
 
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practice of legislative prayer.
 
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 JUSTICE KAGAN: Mr. Hungar, I'mwondering
 
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what you would think of the following: Suppose that as
 
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we began this session of the Court, the Chief Justice
 
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had called a minister up to the front of the courtroom,
 
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facing the lawyers, maybe the parties, maybe the
 
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spectators. And the minister had asked everyone to
 
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stand and to bow their heads in prayer and the minister
 
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said the following: He said, we acknowledge the saving
 
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sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. We draw
 
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