Lawyer: The Supreme Court Justices Were 9 'Lions' Who Tore At Me Like 'A Piece Of Meat'

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A lawyer who won a landmark Supreme Court case says dealing with the justices was “not a pleasant experience.”In Lafler v. Cooper, the high Court ruled that criminal defendants have a right to effective lawyers during the plea-bargaining stage of the case.

Valerie Newman, who won that case, spoke about her terrifying experience at a Webinar that the American Constitution Society blogged about on Thursday.

“I tell people the experience felt to me like there were nine lions, even though Justice [Clarence] Thomas never talked,” she said, “and I was the piece of meat that was thrown into the ring and they were just all scratching at me to see who could get the biggest piece.”

Justice Antonin Scalia seemed like he wanted to reach over the bench to strangle her at one point, she reportedly said. Even the justices she thought were on her side seemed hostile.

“[L]ike Justice Breyer,” she said. “Justice Breyer yelled at me at one point.”

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