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Amici in Oral Argument at SCOTUS

The written rule for an amicus curiae appearing in oral argument at the US Supreme Court is that leave of the court is required.  The unwritten rule is that getting that leave depends on who is asking:

US Solicitor General:   Almost always.
States: Usually.
Everybody else: Once in a blue moon.

Notice I said almost always for the SG.  Lyle Denniston at SCOTUSblog has this post on a rare rebuff for the SG in a police liability case, Rehberg v. Paulk, No. 10-788, to be argued November 1.

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